Coin (obverse), bawbee, from reign of James V

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Coin (obverse), bawbee, from reign of James V

This is the obverse of a billon bawbee minted at Edinburgh between 1539 and 1542, during the reign of James V. The coin was worth six pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned thistle with 'I' (for Iacobus [James]) to the left and '5' to the right. There is an annulet above the letter 'I'. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

The name 'bawbee' is derived from 'Sillebawby' - Alexander Orrok of Sillebawby was Master of the Mint when these coins were struck.

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Online ID: 000-100-060-526-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10084
Date: 1539 - 1542
Between 1539 and 1542
Material: Billon; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS.D.G.REX.SCOTORVM; crowned thistle; I 5 to left and right; annulet to left of base of crown / Rev. Lis OPPIDVM.EDINBVRGI; saltire through crown, between 2 lis
Dimensions: 23.00 mm D / Die Axis: 7.5
What: Coin Type: Stewart 1b; Stevenson Jd(ii)
Coin, bawbee
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James V
Rigghead Hoard, 1963
Where: Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Torthorwald, Collin, Rigghead Sandpit
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James V billon bawbee, Edinburgh, 1539 - 1542
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • BNJ 59 (1989); Stevenson, R.B.K., p 144 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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