Coin (obverse), three pound piece, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Coin (obverse), three pound piece, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the obverse of a gold three pound piece or ryal minted at Edinburgh in 1555, during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary was not yet 13 years old when the coin was struck.

The obverse bears a portrait of the queen. 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: 000-100-054-555-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C4104
Date: 1555
Material: Gold; slight double-striking on reverse; slight to moderate wear; edge nick at 7.0 (obverse). Inscription: Obv. . MARIA . DEI . G . SCOTOR . REGINA .; bust to left / Rev. . IVSTVS . FIDE . VIVIT . 1555; pellet above last 2 letters of IVSTVS; crowned shi
Dimensions: 27.00 x 27.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: 1st period
Coin, three pound piece / ryal / noble
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Mary, Queen of Scots
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Mary, Queen of Scots gold three-pound piece or ryal or noble, Edinburgh, 1555
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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