Coin (obverse), 12 pence piece, from reign of James VI

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Coin (obverse), 12 pence piece, from reign of James VI

This is the obverse of a silver 12 pence piece minted at Edinburgh between 1594 and 1596, during the reign of James VI.

The obverse has a bare-headed portrait of the king in armour. There is a single-pellet behind the head. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James VI, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

The coins of James VI's reign are considered to have the most beautiful designs and most varied legends of all Scottish coins. After the Union of the Crowns of 1603, Scottish gold and silver coins closely resembled their English counterparts.

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Online ID: 000-100-053-757-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3305
Date: Between 1594 and 1596
Material: Silver; undersized and misshapen flan, double-struck, some flattening; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. * . IACOBVS . 6 . D . G . [R] . SCOTO [R] VM .; initial mark is a quatrefoil; bare-headed bust of king in armour, to right / Rev. * NEMO ME IMPVNE [LACES
Dimensions: 16.50 x 15.00 mm D / Die Axis: 3.5
What: Coin Type: 7th coinage
Coin, 12 pence piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver 12-pence piece, Edinburgh
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 73 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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