Coin (reverse), half-bawbee, from reign of James V

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Coin (reverse), half-bawbee, from reign of James V

This is the reverse of a billon half-bawbee minted at Edinburgh between 1539 and 1542, during the reign of James V. The coin was worth three pence Scots.

The reverse has a saltire with a crown in the centre. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Town of Edinburgh'.

The name 'bawbee' is derived from 'Sillebawby' - Alexander Orrok of Sillebawby was Master of the Mint when these coins were struck.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-326-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1995.127
Date: 1539 - 1542
Between 1539 and 1542
Material: Billon; reverse slightly off-centre; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Cros IACOBVS . D . G . R . SCOTORVM; crowned thistle; I to left; 5 to right; no interior of crown or side-hooks; no annulet in field / Rev. Star OPPIDVM . EDINBVBGI (sic); saltire with cr
Dimensions: 18.50 x 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 3.5
What: Coin Type: Stewart 1c
Coin, half bawbee
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James V
Where: Scotland, Fife, St Monan's (NO 521 017)
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Billon half-bawbee of James V, 1539-42
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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