Coin (Reverse), groat, of James III

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Coin (Reverse), groat, of James III

This is the reverse of a silver groat of James III minted at Edinburgh between 1484 and 1489. The coin was worth 14 pence Scots.

The reverse has a single long cross with a crown in the 1st and 3rd angles and three pellets in the 2nd and 4th. The Latin inscription translates as: 'God is my Defender and my Redeemer. Town of Edinburgh'.

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: 000-190-000-533-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2566
Date: 1484 - 1489
Between 1484 and 1489
Material: Silver; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS : DIE : GRACIA : REX : COTR .; stops are double annulets except for a cross after COTR; crowned bust three-quarters left, within beaded inner circle; annulet on inner circle to left of shoul
Dimensions: 25.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: Stewart VIg
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James III
Whitburn (Cowhill) Hoard, 1921
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, West Lothian, Whitburn, Cowhill
Description: James III silver groat, Edinburgh, 1484 - 1489
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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