Coin (obverse), 12 penny groat, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Coin (obverse), 12 penny groat, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the obverse of a billon 12 penny groat minted at Edinburgh in 1558, in the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, during her marriage to Francis, the French dauphin.

The obverse bears a crowned 'FM' monogram, with a crowned dolphin to the right and a crowned thistle to the left. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Francis and Mary, by the Grace of God, King and Queen of Scots and Dauphin and Dauphine of Vien'.

The dolphin was the heraldic emblem of the dauphin.

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Online ID: 000-100-084-325-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1911.506.1160
Date: 1558
Material: Billon; slight flattening; mainly slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: Cross FRAN . ET [. M] A . D . G . R . R . SCOTOR . D . D . VIEN; crowned FM monogram; to left, crowned dolphin facing right; to right, crowned thistle. Rev.: IAM . NON / SVNT . DVO / SED .
Dimensions: Diameter 21.50 x 22.50 mm; weight 1.48 g; die axis 12.5
What: Coin Type: 1
Coin, 12-penny groat / 'nonsunt'
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: Francis (Dauphin)
Mary, Queen of Scots (Queen)
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Edinburgh
Description: Mary and Francis billon 12 penny groat / 'nonsunt', Scotland, minted in Edinburgh, 1558
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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