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

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Coin (reverse), groat, from reign of James III
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This is the reverse of a base silver groat minted at Edinburgh between 1470 and 1488, during the reign of James III. The coin was worth six pence Scots.

The reverse has a floreate cross fourchee with thistle-heads in the 1st and 3rd angles, mullets in the 2nd and 4th. The 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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