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

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Coin (obverse), half-testoon, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots
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This is the obverse of a silver half-testoon minted at Edinburgh in 1558, in the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, during her marriage to Francis, the French dauphin. The coin was worth two shillings and six pence Scots.

The obverse has a crowned shield of the Dauphin and Scotland superimposed on a cross potent. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Francis and Mary, King and Queen of Scots and Dauphin and Dauphine of Vien'.

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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