Coin (reverse), groat, from reign of James IV

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Coin (reverse), groat, from reign of James IV

This is the reverse of a silver groat minted at Edinburgh between 1489 and 1496, during the reign of James IV. The coin was worth 14 pence Scots.

The reverse has a single long cross with a crown in the 1st quarter, a fleur-de-lys in the 3rd, and an annulet between three pellets in the 2nd and 4th. The Latin inscription translates as: 'God is my Defender and my Redeemer. Town of Edinburgh.'

James IV's coins were mainly continuations of the types issued during the previous reign. Those stylistic changes that did occur were largely backward-looking. No attempt was made to follow James III's example of using a realistic portrait.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-545-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2995
Date: 1489 - 1496
Between 1489 and 1496
Material: Silver; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS : DEI : GRACEA : REX : SCOT :; stops are double six-pointed stars; crowned, unclothed bust facing in 9 . 1-arc tressure / Rev. Cross DnS : P / TECTO : / mEVS : E / T : LEB m : cross VIL / LA
Dimensions: 25.50 x 26.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.0
What: Coin Type: Heavy coinage, Stewart Vc (James III), Murray C
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James IV
Pollexfen Collection (annotation in NMAS copy of Richardson)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James IV silver groat, Edinburgh, 1489 - 1495
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), Add 168 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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