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Coin (reverse), farthing, from reign of James III

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From Aberlady, East Lothian

Coin (reverse), farthing, from reign of James III
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This is the reverse of a farthing minted at Edinburgh in 1465 or 1466, during the reign of James III. The coin, which is perhaps a counterfeit, was made of copper and was worth a quarter of a penny Scots. It was found at Aberlady in East Lothian.

The reverse has a saltire flanked by two smaller saltires. The blundered Latin inscription translates as: 'Town of Edinburgh'.

James III's reign saw a number of major coinage innovations including two new gold coins - the rider and the unicorn; a large billon coin - the plack; and thistle-heads and a realistic portrait of the king appearing on coins for the first time.

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