Coin (obverse), 40 shilling piece, from reign of James VI

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Coin (obverse), 40 shilling piece, from reign of James VI

This is the obverse of a silver 40 shilling piece minted at Edinburgh in 1582, during the reign of James VI.

The obverse bears a crowned portrait of the king in armour, holding a sword. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James VI, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

The coins of James VI's reign are considered to have the most beautiful designs and most varied legends of all Scottish coins. After the Union of the Crowns of 1603, Scottish gold and silver coins closely resembled their English counterparts.

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Online ID: 000-100-060-631-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10189
Date: 1582
Material: Silver; slight flattening; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS . 6 . DEI . GRATIA [ . ] REX . SCOTORVM; crowned bust left in armour, holding sword / Rev. Cross HONOR . REGIS . IVDICIVM . DILIGIT . 1582 .; crowned shield bearing lion rampant;
Dimensions: 43.00 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin Type: 4th coinage
Coin, 40 shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Cochran-Patrick Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver forty shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1582
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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