Coin (obverse), farthing, from reign of David II

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Coin (obverse), farthing, from reign of David II

This is the obverse of a silver farthing minted between 1329 and 1333, possibly at Berwick, during the reign of David II. The coin was worth a quarter of a penny Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned head with a sceptre. The Latin inscription translates as: 'David, by the Grace of God'.

David II was the son of Robert I, 'The Bruce'. His reign saw two major coinage innovations: Scotland's first gold coin - the noble - and the introduction of silver groats and half-groats.

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Online ID: 000-100-054-892-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C4444
Date: 1329 - 1333
Between 1329 and 1333
Material: Silver; slightly uneven striking; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross DAVID : DEIGRACIA; crowned head to left with sceptre / Rev. Cross RE / XSC / OTO / RVM; single long cross; five-pointed mullet in each angle
Dimensions: 12.00 x 11.50 mm D / Die Axis: 9.0
What: Coin Type: 1st coinage, 1st issue
Coin, farthing
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: David II
Where: England, Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed?
Description: David II silver farthing, possibly Berwick, 1329 - 1333?
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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