Record

Coin (obverse), one-third ducat or bonnet piece, from reign of James V

< 11 of 34 > Back
Postcard of Coin (obverse), one-third ducat or bonnet piece, from reign of James V.
000-100-084-275-C
© National Museums Scotland

Coin (obverse), one-third ducat or bonnet piece, from reign of James V

This is the obverse of a gold one-third ducat minted at Edinburgh in 1540, during the reign of James V. The coin was worth 13 shillings and four pence Scots. James's ducat was the first Scottish gold coin to bear a portrait.

The obverse bears a portrait of the king wearing a bonnet. There is a pellet behind the head. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James V, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'. This inscription is followed by the date, 1540.

James V's reign saw the introduction of two new gold coins - the crown and the ducat. A new billon coin called the bawbee also appeared for the first time.


Record details

To search on related items, click any linked text below.

Online ID: 000-100-084-275-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
Project description | View all records in project
Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1911.506.1123
Date: 1540
Material: Gold; slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: Lis IACOBVS . D . G . R . SCOTOR . 1540; pellet stops; bust to right, wearing bonnet; pellet behind head. Rev.: Cross HONO . REGIS . IVDICIV . DILIGIT; second O small, with pellet stop below; other stops also pellets
Dimensions: Diameter 15.50 x 15.00 mm; weight 1.88 g; die axis 6.5
What: Coin Type: cf Burns 1, fig 756
Coin, one-third ducat / one-third bonnet piece
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: Addington collection
James V (KIng)
Murdoch collection (1903 sale, lot 184)
Wingate collection
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Edinburgh
Event:
Description: James V gold one third ducat / one third bonnet piece, Scotland, minted in Edinburgh, 1540
References:
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
Translations:
Related Records:
< 11 of 34 > Back
 
Powered by Scran