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Coin (obverse), half-testoon, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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000-100-054-398-C
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Coin (obverse), half-testoon, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the obverse of a silver half-testoon minted at Edinburgh in 1555, during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. The coin was worth two shillings and six pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned 'M' between two crowned thistles. There is a trefoil below the 'M'. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Mary, by the Grace of God, Queen of Scots'. This inscription is followed by the date, 1555.

Mary's coinage is divisible into five phases, reflecting her early life, two marriages and two widowhoods. During her reign numerous issues appeared in gold, silver and base metal, many of them comprising denominations never previously struck.


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Online ID: 000-100-054-398-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3946
Date: 1555
Material: Silver; moderate wear; slight flattening. Inscription: Obv. Cross MARIA DEI . G . SCOTOR . REGINA 1555; crowned M between 2 crowned thistles; trefoil below M / Rev. DILICIE . DNI . COR . HVMILE .; shield superimposed on cross potent; annulet above upper l
Dimensions: 22.50 mm D / Die Axis: 12.5
What: Coin Type: 1st period, type II a
Coin, half testoon
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Lockett Collection
Mary, Queen of Scots
Murdoch Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Event:
Description: Mary, Queen of Scots silver half-testoon, Edinburgh, 1555
References:
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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