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Gold coin (obverse) minted in Edinburgh 1593 showing King James VI on horseback

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Gold coin (obverse) minted in Edinburgh 1593 showing King James VI on horseback
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This is the obverse of a gold half-rider minted at Edinburgh in 1593, during the reign of James VI. The coin was worth 50 shillings Scots.

The obverse bears an image of the king on horseback, while in the exergue is the date, 1593. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James VI, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

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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