Coin (obverse), crown, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Coin (obverse), crown, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the obverse of a gold crown minted at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh between 1542 and 1552, during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. The coin was worth 20 shillings Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned shield with a cinquefoil to each side. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Mary, by the Grace of God, Queen of Scots'.

Because they were struck at the mint Holyrood Palace, these coins were known as 'abbey crowns'.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-477-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C166
Date: 1542 - 1552
Between 1542 and 1552
Material: Gold; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Star MARIA . DEI . GRA . REGINA . SCOTORVM; stops are pellets; crowned shield of arms between two cinquefoils / Rev. Crown . CRVCIS . ARMA . SEQVAMVR; stops are pellets; triple-stranded cross fleury; thistle-head in ea
Dimensions: 26.00 x 25.00 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin, crown
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Glasgow Hoard, 1902
Mary, Queen of Scots
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Mary, Queen of Scots gold crown, Edinburgh, 1542 - 1552
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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