Coin (Obverse), groat, from reign of Robert III

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Coin (Obverse), groat, from reign of Robert III

This is the obverse of a silver groat minted at Edinburgh between 1390 and 1406 during the reign of Robert III. The coin was worth four pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust in a nine-arc tressure with trefoils on the cusps. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Robert, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

The reign of Robert III saw the introduction of gold lions and half-lions. These coins bear no mint names but like all succeeding gold coinages are thought to have been struck only in Edinburgh. Robert III also had mints at Aberdeen, Perth and Dumbarton.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-501-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2122
Date: 1390 - 1406
Between 1390 and 1406
Material: Silver; slight flattening, moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross ROBERTVS : DEI : GRA : REX : SCOTTRVm; stops are saltire over pellet; crowned bust facing in nine-arc tressure with trefoils on cusps; round face; trefoil on breast / Rev. Cross DnS : : [P]
Dimensions: 26.00 mm D / Die Axis: 2.5
What: Coin Type: Heavy coinage, 2nd issue
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Fortrose Hoard, 1880
Robert III
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Ross and Cromarty, Fortrose
Description: Robert III silver groat, Edinburgh, 1390 - 1406
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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