Coin (obverse), penny, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Coin (obverse), penny, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the obverse of a billon penny minted at Edinburgh in 1547 or shortly after, during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. The coin was worth one penny Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned portrait of the queen as a very young child. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Mary, by the Grace of God, Queen of Scots'.

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: 000-100-054-450-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3998
Date: 1547
1547 - 1554
Material: Billon; obverse slightly off-centre; slight to moderate wear; slight flattening . Inscription: Obv. Cross M [A] RIA D G R SCOTORVUM; crowned bust facing; single-arched crown / Rev. OPI / DVM / EDN / BVR; foliated cross; cinquefoils in 1st and 3rd angles;
Dimensions: 14.50 mm D / Die Axis: 1.5
What: Coin Type: 1st period, 1st issue, type I a
Coin, penny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Mary, Queen of Scots
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Mary, Queen of Scots billon penny, Edinburgh, 1547 - 1554
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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