Coin (Reverse), two shilling piece, from reign of James VI

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Coin (Reverse), two shilling piece, from reign of James VI

This is the reverse of a silver two shilling piece minted at Edinburgh in 1581, during the reign of James VI.

The reverse has a crowned leaved thistle flanked by the letters 'IR' (for Iacobus Rex [King James]). The Latin inscription translates as: 'No one shall hurt me with impunity' and is followed by the date, 1581.

The coins of James VI's reign are considered to have the most beautiful designs and most varied legends of all Scottish coins. After the Union of the Crowns of 1603, Scottish gold and silver coins closely resembled their English counterparts.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-486-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C17891
Date: 1581
Material: Silver; edge damaged at 5.0 - 7.0 (obverse); crack at 1.5; slight double-striking; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS . 6 . DEI . G . REX . SCOTORVM .; crowned shield of arms / Rev. Crown . NEMO . ME . IMPVNE . LACESSET . 1581; crown
Dimensions: 20.50 x 20.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.0
What: Coin Type: 3rd coinage
Coin, two shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Coats Collection
James VI
Kermack Ford Collection
Weir Collection
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver two shilling piece of James VI, Edinburgh, 1581
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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