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Coin (reverse), two-thirds ducat or bonnet piece, from reign of James V

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Coin (reverse), two-thirds ducat or bonnet piece, from reign of James V

This is the reverse of a gold two-thirds ducat minted at Edinburgh in 1540, during the reign of James V. The coin was worth 26 shillings and eight pence Scots. James's ducat was the first Scottish gold coin to bear a portrait.

The reverse has a crowned shield of arms. The Latin inscription translates as: 'The King's power loveth judgement'. The words are taken from Psalm 99.

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.


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Online ID: 000-190-000-007-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1911.506.1122
Date: 1540
Material: Gold; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: Lis IACOBVS . D . G . R . SCOTORVM . 1 . 5 . 4 . 0; pellet stops; bust to right, wearing bonnet; annulet on inner circle, behind head. Rev.: Cross HONOR . REGIS . IVDICIVM . DILIGIT; pellet stops; crowned shield
Dimensions: Diameter 20.00 mm; weight 3.82 g; die axis 1.0
What: Coin Type: cf Burns 1, fig 755
Coin, two-thirds ducat / two-thirds bonnet piece
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: James V (King)
Pollexfen collection (1900 sale, lot 325)
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Edinburgh
Event:
Description: James V gold two thirds ducat / two thirds 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 
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