Coin (reverse), halfpenny, from reign of James I

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Coin (reverse), halfpenny, from reign of James I

This is the reverse of a billon halfpenny minted at Edinburgh between 1424 and 1437 during the reign of James I.

The reverse has a single long cross with three pellets in each angle. The full Latin inscription would translate as: 'Town of Edinburgh'.

When he inherited the crown, James I was a prisoner in England. He did not return to Scotland until 1424 and few if any of his coins are thought to have been struck before then.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-515-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2317
Date: 1424 - 1437
Between 1424 and 1437
Material: Billon; off-centre on obverse, badly off-centre on reverse; some flattening, fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. Cross IAC [ ] A . REXSCOT [ ]; crowned bust facing / Rev. VIL / LAC / D [ ] / [ ]; single long cross with three pellets in each angle
Dimensions: 11.50 x 12.00 mm D / Die Axis: 9.0
What: Coin Type: Group A
Coin, halfpenny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James I
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James I billon halfpenny, Edinburgh, 1424 - 1437
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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