Coin (obverse), half crown, from reign of James VI & I

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Coin (obverse), half crown, from reign of James VI & I

This is the obverse of a gold half crown minted at Edinburgh between 1609 and 1625, during the reign of James VI & I. The coin was worth 30 shillings Scots or two shillings and six pence English.

The obverse bears a crowned portrait of the king. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God. A rose without thorns'.

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: 000-100-080-438-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C18049
Date: 1609 - 1625
Between 1609 and 1625
Material: Gold; slight flattening; mostly moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Thistle-head . I . D . G . ROSA . SINE . SPINA .; crowned bust to right / Rev. Thistle-head TVEATVR . VNITA . DEVS .; crowned shield of arms; Scottish arms in 1st and 4th quarters
Dimensions: 17.50 x 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 1.0
What: Coin Type: Post-Union, 2nd issue
Coin, half crown
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Coats Collection
James VI
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Gold half-crown of James VI, Edinburgh, 1609 - 1625
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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