Coin (obverse), groat, from reign of James III

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Coin (obverse), groat, from reign of James III

This is the obverse of a silver groat minted at Berwick between 1467 and 1475, during the reign of James III. The coin was worth 12 pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned, unclothed bust in an eight-arc tressure with the letters 'TL' flanking the neck, the initials of the moneyers Tod and Levingston. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

James III's reign saw a number of major coinage innovations including two new gold coins - the rider and the unicorn; a large billon coin - the plack; and thistle-heads and a realistic portrait of the king appearing on coins for the first time.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-526-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2491
Date: 1467 - 1475
Between 1467 and 1475
Material: Silver; oversized flan; slight flattening, moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS : D : GRA : REX : SCOTOR; stops are two double crosses and two double saltires; crowned and unclothed bust facing in eight-arc tressure with TL flanking neck / Rev.
Dimensions: 26.00 x 26.50 mm D / Die Axis: 1.0
What: Coin Type: Stewart Ic
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James III
Where: England, Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Description: James III silver groat, Berwick, 1467 - 1475
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 4 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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