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

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Postcard of Coin (Obverse), farthing, from reign of James III.
000-100-054-888-C
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Coin (Obverse), farthing, from reign of James III

This is the obverse of a farthing minted at Edinburgh between 1466 and 1471, 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 small crown above the letters 'IR' (for Iacobus Rex [King James]). The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God'.

The coin is an example of the 'black money' struck during the reigns of James II and III. There are a number of references in contemporary documents but the exact dates of issue of most of the coins are unknown.


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Online ID: 000-100-054-888-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C4440
Date: 1466 - 1471
Between 1466 and 1471
Material: Copper; part of edge ragged; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS . [D] EI . GIA; stops are saltires; B malformed; crown above IR / Rev. Cross VILLA . EDIn [ ]; crown superimposed on large saltire; small saltire to either side + below
Dimensions: 14.00 x 13.00 mm D
What: Coin Type: 2nd issue
Coin, farthing
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James III
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Event:
Description: James III copper farthing, Edinburgh, 1466 - 1471
References:
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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