Gold coin (reverse) from the reign of James VI

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Gold coin (reverse) from the reign of James VI

This is the reverse of a gold half-rider minted at Edinburgh in 1593, during the reign of James VI. The coin was worth 50 shillings Scots.

The reverse has a crowned shield of arms. The Latin inscription translates as: 'I hope for better things'.

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: 000-190-000-017-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1911.506.1182
Date: 1593
Material: Gold; slight edge damage at 1.5 (obverse); slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: Quatrefoil . IACOBVS . 6 . D . G . R . SCOTORVM .; king on horseback to right; . 1593 . in exergue. Rev.: Quatrefoil . SPERO . MELIORA .; crowned shield of arms
Dimensions: Diameter 22.00 mm; weight 2.48 g; die axis 8.0
What: Coin Type: Seventh coinage; cf Burns 1
Coin, half-rider
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: James VI (King)
Pollexfen collection (1900 sale, lot 387)
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Edinburgh
Description: James VI gold half rider, Scotland, minted in Edinburgh, 1593
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