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

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

This is the obverse of a silver groat minted at Edinburgh between 1496 and 1513, during the reign of James IV. The coin was worth 12 pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust in a seven-arc tressure with small trefoils on most cusps. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James IV, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

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: 000-190-000-546-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3003
Date: 1496 - 1513
Between 1496 and 1513
Material: Silver; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Crown IACOBVS * DEI * GRA * REX * SCOTTORV * QRA; stops are six-pointed stars; crowned bust facing in seven-arc tressure with small trefoils on most cusps / Rev. SALVVm / FAC * PO / PVLVT / VVDnE : VILL / A * ED / In
Dimensions: 24.50 x 23.50 mm D / Die Axis: 12.0
What: Coin Type: Light coinage, Stewart IIIc
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James IV
Whitburn (Cowhill) Hoard, 1921
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, West Lothian, Whitburn, Cowhill
Description: James IV silver groat, Edinburgh, 1496 - 1513
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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