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Coin (Obverse), farthing, from reign of James III

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Coin (Obverse), farthing, from reign of James III
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This is the obverse of a farthing minted between 1465 and 1485, during the reign of James III. The coin was made of copper and was worth a quarter of a penny Scots.

The obverse bears a trefoil with a five-pointed mullet in the centre and a fleur-de-lys in each leaf. There are crowns (only one of which is visible) in the top two angles between the leaves. Unusually, there is no inscription.

Because coins such as this were at one time believed to have been struck at an ecclesiastical mint, they are sometimes referred to as the 'ecclesiastical issue'

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