Coin (Obverse), a penny of Alexander III

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Coin (Obverse), a penny of Alexander III

This is the obverse of a silver Alexander III penny minted between 1280 and 1286, possibly at Berwick. The coin was worth one penny Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned head with a sceptre. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Alexander, by the Grace of God'.

Alexander III's reign produced the most extensive of all medieval issues in Scotland. At the start of his reign, 16 mints were in operation around Scotland. His later coinage included round halfpennies and farthings for the first time.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-356-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C1298
Date: 1280 - 1296
Between 1280 and 1286
Material: Silver; generally slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross ALEXANDERDEIGRA; ND combined; cross potent; crowned head to left with sceptre / Rev. REX / SEO / TOR / VM cross; slightly pattee plain cross; single long cross with a six-pointed mullet in each angle
Dimensions: 20.00 mm D / Die Axis: 8.0
What: Coin Type: 2nd coinage, Burns Group I Class III, Stewart Class C, Stewart and North Class Ma
Coin, penny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Alexander III
Where: England, Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed?
Description: Alexander III silver penny, Berwick?, 1280 - 1296
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 29 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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