Coin (obverse), penny, from reign of William I (the Lion)

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Coin (obverse), penny, from reign of William I (the Lion)

This is the obverse of a silver penny minted at Berwick between 1165 and 1174, during the reign of William I. The coin was worth one penny Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust with a sceptre. The Latin inscription translates as : 'King William'.

William I was given the name 'the Lion' not for his courage, but because he replaced the dragon on the arms of Scotland by the lion rampant. William's mints included Roxburgh, Berwick, Edinburgh and Perth.

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Online ID: 000-100-066-898-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C16466
Date: 1165 - 1174
Between 1165 and 1174
Material: Silver; reverse off-centre; some flattening; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. [...] I WILAME (?); crowned bust left with sceptre / Rev. Cross WI [ ]; cross potent with lozenge in centre; saltire pommee in each angle
Dimensions: 19.00 x 20.00 mm D / Die Axis: 5.0
What: Coin Type: Intermediate issue
Coin, sterling / penny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Coats Collection
Lindsay Collection
Willame (Maker)
William I (the Lion)
Wingate Collection
Where: England, Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Description: Silver sterling / penny of William I (the Lion), minted by Willame at Berwick, 1165 - 1174
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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