Coin (obverse), groat, from reign of James III

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Coin (obverse), groat, from reign of James III

This is the obverse of a silver groat minted at Edinburgh between 1482 and 1484, during the reign of James III. The coin was worth 14 pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust in a seven-arc tressure. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

James III's reign saw a number of major coinage innovations including two new gold coins - the rider and the unicorn; a large billon coin - the plack; and thistle-heads and a realistic portrait of the king appearing on coins for the first time.

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Online ID: 000-100-054-690-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C4239
Date: 1482 - 1484
Between 1482 and 1484
Material: Silver; slight to moderate wear; slight flattening. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVSDEIGRA REX . SCOTORm; stop is pellet; crowned bust facing in seven-arc tressure / Rev. Cross DnSPT / ECTORm / ESZLIBE / ATVRm; VILL / AEDE / nBEO / VRGE; Z reversed; single
Dimensions: 24.00 x 23.50 mm D / Die Axis: 9.0
What: Coin Type: Stewart IV
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James III
Rhoneston Hoard, 1961
Where: Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Rhoneston Bridge / Rhoneston Burn Farm
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James III silver groat, Edinburgh, 1482 - 1484
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • BNJ 1965, p 114, + pl XIV, no 24 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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