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

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