Gold coin (obverse) showing a crowned portrait of King James IV

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Gold coin (obverse) showing a crowned portrait of King James IV

This is the obverse of a gold double crown minted at Edinburgh between 1609 and 1625, during the reign of James VI & I. The coin was worth £6 Scots or ten shillings English.

The obverse bears a crowned portrait of the king. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland'.

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: 000-100-084-416-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1911.506.1188
Date: 1609 - 1625
Between 1609 and 1625
Material: Gold; slight flattening and double-striking; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: Thistle-head . IA'. D . G . MAG . BRIT . FRAN . ET . HIB. REX .; crowned bust to right. Rev.: Thistle-head HENRICVS . ROSAS . REGN . IACOBVS; crowned shield of arms; Scotti
Dimensions: Diameter 29.00 x 30.00 mm; weight 4.91 g; die axis 7.5
What: Coin Type: Second post-Union coinage
Coin, double crown
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: James VI (King)
Pollexfen collection (1900 sale, lot 402)
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Edinburgh
Description: James VI gold double crown, Scotland, minted in Edinburgh, 1609-1625
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