Coin (obverse), noble, from reign of David II

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Coin (obverse), noble, from reign of David II

This is the obverse of a gold noble minted at Edinburgh between 1357 and 1367, during the reign of David II. The noble, worth six shillings and eight pence Scots, was the first gold coin ever minted.

The obverse bears a king standing holding a sword and shield, on a ship which is ornamented with five lions. The Latin inscription translates as: 'David, by the Grace of God, Kings of Scots'.

The introduction of the noble was not a success and gold coins did not appear again until the reign of Robert III.

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Online ID: 000-100-067-313-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C16881
Date: 1357 - 1367
Between 1357 and 1367
Material: Gold; small chip at 7.5 (obverse); slight double-striking on obverse; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross DAVID : DEI : GRA : REX : SCOTORVm; double saltire stops; king standing facing in ship, holding sword and shield; ship ornamented with five lions /
Dimensions: 33.50 x 33.00 mm D / Die Axis: 9.5
What: Coin Type: 2nd coinage
Coin, noble
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Coats Collection
David II
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Gold noble of David II, minted at Edinburgh, 1357 - 1367
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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