Coin (obverse), plack, from reign of James IV

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Coin (obverse), plack, from reign of James IV

This is the obverse of a billon plack minted at Edinburgh between 1488 and 1513, during the reign of James IV. The coin was worth four pence Scots.

The obverse has a crowned shield in a four-arc tressure with a crown on each side and fleurs-de-lys in all the spandrels. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

James IV's coins were mainly continuations of the types issued during the previous reign. Those stylistic changes that did occur were largely backward-looking. No attempt was made to follow James III's example of using a realistic portrait.

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Online ID: 000-100-066-529-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C16097
Date: 1488 - 1513
Between 1488 and 1513
Material: Billon; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross fleury IACOBVS * DEI * GRACIA * REX * SCOTTO *; Old English lettering; 5-pointed star stops; crowned shield in 4-arc tressure; crown on each side; lis in all spandrels / Rev. Cross fleury VILL / A * DE * / ED
Dimensions: 25.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.5
What: Coin Type: Stewart IIf; Stevenson e2De1
Coin, plack
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James IV
Pollexfen Collection (Burns's attribution)
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Billon plack of James IV, 1488 - 1513
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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