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

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Coin (obverse), Groat, from reign of James III
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This is the obverse of a silver groat from the reign of James III, worth 14 pence Scots. The groat dates from around 1485.

The obverse has a three-quarter view of James' head, upon which is an arched crown. The Latin inscription reads: 'James, By the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

As this groat is the first Scottish coin to bear a true portrait of a monarch, James III is the first Scottish king whose features are reliably known to us.

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