Coin (reverse), one-third ducat or bonnet piece, from reign of James V

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Coin (reverse), one-third ducat or bonnet piece, from reign of James V

This is the reverse of a gold one-third ducat minted at Edinburgh in 1540, during the reign of James V. The coin was worth 13 shillings and four 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: 000-190-000-008-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1911.506.1123
Date: 1540
Material: Gold; slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: Lis IACOBVS . D . G . R . SCOTOR . 1540; pellet stops; bust to right, wearing bonnet; pellet behind head. Rev.: Cross HONO . REGIS . IVDICIV . DILIGIT; second O small, with pellet stop below; other stops also pellets
Dimensions: Diameter 15.50 x 15.00 mm; weight 1.88 g; die axis 6.5
What: Coin Type: cf Burns 1, fig 756
Coin, one-third ducat / one-third bonnet piece
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: Addington collection
James V (KIng)
Murdoch collection (1903 sale, lot 184)
Wingate collection
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Edinburgh
Description: James V gold one third ducat / one third bonnet piece, Scotland, minted in Edinburgh, 1540
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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