Coin (reverse), halfpenny, from reign of David II

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Coin (reverse), halfpenny, from reign of David II

This is the reverse of a silver halfpenny minted between 1351 and 1357, possibly at Edinburgh, during the reign of David II. The coin was worth one halfpenny Scots.

The reverse bears a single long cross with a six-pointed mullet in the first, 2nd and 4th quarters. The 3rd quarter is blank. The Latin inscription translates as: 'King of Scots'.

David II was the son of Robert I, 'The Bruce'. His reign saw two major coinage innovations: Scotland's first gold coin - the noble - and the introduction of silver groats and half-groats.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-468-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C1585
Date: 1351 - 1357
Between 1351 and 1357
Material: Silver; two pieces glued together: moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross DAVIDDEIGRACIA; crowned head to left with sceptre / Rev. REX / SCO / TOR / VM; single long cross with a six-pointed mullet in 1st, 2nd and 4th quarters, 3rd quarter blank
Dimensions: 15.50 x 14.00 mm D / Die Axis: 8.5
What: Coin Type: 1st coinage, 2nd issue
Coin, halfpenny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: David II
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh?
Description: David II silver halfpenny, Edinburgh?, 1351 - 1357
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), * 20 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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