Coin (Obverse), 12 shilling piece, from reign of James VI & I

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Postcard of Coin (Obverse), 12 shilling piece, from reign of James VI & I.
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Coin (Obverse), 12 shilling piece, from reign of James VI & I

This is the obverse of a silver 12 shilling piece minted at Edinburgh between 1609 and 1625, during the reign of James VI & I.

The obverse bears a crowned portrait of the king with the number 'XII' behind his head. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland'.

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: 000-100-053-818-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3366
Date: 1609 - 1625
Between 1609 and 1625
Material: Silver; slightly off-centre on reverse, some flattening; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Thistle . IACOBVS . D . G . MAG . BRIT . FRAN . & . HIB . REX .; crowned bust to right with XII behind head / Rev. Thistle . QVAE . DEVS . CONIVNXIT . NEMO . SEPARET
Dimensions: 32.00 x 30.50 mm D / Die Axis: 8.0
What: Coin Type: Post-union, 2nd issue
Coin, 12 shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Lockett Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver 12-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1609 - 1625
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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