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

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From Rhoneston, Dumfriesshire

Coin (obverse), plack, from reign of James III
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This is the reverse of a billon plack minted at Edinburgh between 1465 and 1482, during the reign of James III. The coin was worth four pence Scots. It was part of a hoard found at Rhoneston in Dumfriesshire in 1961.

The reverse has a floreate cross fourchee with a saltire fourchee in the central panel and a crown in each angle. The Latin inscription translates as: '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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