Coin (obverse), eighth thistle merk, from reign of James VI

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Coin (obverse), eighth thistle merk, from reign of James VI

This is the obverse of a silver eighth thistle merk minted at Edinburgh in 1601, during the reign of James VI. The coin was worth one shilling and eight pence Scots.

The obverse has a crowned shield. 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: 000-100-053-775-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3323
Date: 1601
Material: Silver; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. [Cross] IACOBVS . 6 . D . G . R . SCOTORVM; crowned shield / Rev. REGEM . IOVA . PROTEGIT . 1601; crowned thistle
Dimensions: 18.50 x 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 1.5
What: Coin Type: 8th coinage
Coin, eighth thistle merk
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver eighth thistle merk, Edinburgh, 1601
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  • Richardson (1901), 84 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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