Coin (reverse), testoon, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Coin (reverse), testoon, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the reverse of a silver testoon minted in France, possibly in Paris, in 1544, during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary was being brought up in the French court at the time. The coin was worth four shillings Scots.

The reverse has a crowned shield of arms with a cinquefoil to each side. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Give peace, O Lord'.

Mary's coinage is divisible into five phases, reflecting her early life, two marriages and two widowhoods. During her reign numerous issues appeared in gold, silver and base metal, many of them comprising denominations never previously struck.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-010-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1911.506.1140
Date: 1553
Material: Silver; reverse very slightly off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv.: Cinquefoil . MARIA . DEI . GRA . R . SCOTORVM .; crowned bust to right. Rev.: Cross DA PACEM DOMINE 1553; crowned shield of arms; cinquefoil to either side
Dimensions: Diameter 29.50 x 30 00 mm; weight 4.93 g; die axis 10.5
What: Coin Type: First period, type I
Coin, testoon
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: Mary, Queen of Scots (Queen)
Pollexfen collection (1900 sale, lot 328)
Where: France, ? Paris
Description: Mary, Queen of Scots, silver testoon, Scotland, minted in France (? Paris), 1553
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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