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 IV, 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: 000-100-066-623-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C16191
Date: 1488 - 1513
Between 1488 and 1513
Material: Billon; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Crown . IACOBVS 4 : DEI : GRA : REX . SCOTORVM :; Roman lettering; pellet stops; crowned shield in four-arc tressure; crown on each side; lis in all spandrels / Rev. . VILL / A : DE . / . EDIN / BVRG :; R
Dimensions: 25.00 x 24.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.5
What: Coin Type: Stewart IVb; Stevenson kG1k
Coin, plack
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James IV
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Billon plack of James IV, 1488 - 1513
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 57 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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