Coin (reverse), lion, from reign of Robert III

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Coin (reverse), lion, from reign of Robert III

This is the reverse of a gold lion minted at Edinburgh sometime between 1390 and around 1406, during the reign of Robert III. The coin was worth five shillings Scots.

The reverse bears an image of St Andrew, on a long saltire cross, with a fleur-de-lys at either side. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Christ Reigns, Christ Conquers, Christ Commands'.

This is the first Scottish coin to bear a design influenced by the French coinage rather than the English. The legend and the fleur-de-lys motif on the reverse were copied from French coins.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-499-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2
Date: 1390 - 1406
Between 1390 and 1406
Material: Gold; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross ROBERTVS : DEI : GRA : REX : SCOTORVM :; stops are three pellets arranged vertically, except for the last which is a double saltire; crowned shield / Rev. XPC : RE / NAT : XPC : V / INCI / T : XPC : IMP; sto
Dimensions: 26.50 x 27.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.0
What: Coin Type: Heavy coinage, 1st issue
Coin, lion
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Robert III
St Andrew
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Robert III gold lion, Edinburgh, 1390 - 1406
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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