Coin (reverse), half crown, from reign of James VI & I

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Coin (reverse), half crown, from reign of James VI & I

This is the reverse of a gold half crown minted at Edinburgh between 1604 and 1609, during the reign of James VI & I. The coin was worth 30 shillings Scots or two shillings and six pence English.

The reverse has a shield with the Scottish arms in the 2nd quarter. The Latin inscription translates as: 'May God guard these united (i.e. kingdoms)'.

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: 000-190-000-503-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C216
Date: 1604 - 1609
Between 1604 and 1609
Material: Gold; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Thistle . I' . D' . G' . ROSA . SINE . SPINA .; crowned bust to right / Rev. Thistle TVEATVR . VNITA . DEVS .; crowned shield of arms; Scottish arms in 2nd quarter of shield
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 3.5
What: Coin Type: 1st post-union issue
Coin, half crown
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI gold half-crown, Edinburgh, 1604 - 1609
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 143 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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