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Silver coin (obverse) minted in Edinburgh during the reign of James VI

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Silver coin (obverse) minted in Edinburgh during the reign of James VI
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This is the obverse of a silver one-third ryal minted at Edinburgh in 1570, during the reign of James VI. The coin was worth ten shillings Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned shield of arms with a crowned 'I' (for Iacobus [James]) to the left and a crowned 'R' (for Rex [King]) to the right. 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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