Coin (reverse), 'penny', from reign of James IV

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Coin (reverse), 'penny', from reign of James IV

This is the reverse of a silver 'penny' minted at Edinburgh between 1496 and 1513, during the reign of James IV. The coin was worth three pence Scots.

The reverse has a single long cross with three pellets in the 2nd and 4th quarters, and five-pointed mullets in the 1st and 3rd. The Latin inscription translates as: 'O Lord, save Thy people'. The words are from Psalm 28.

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: 000-190-000-548-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3024
Date: 1496 - 1513
Between 1496 and 1513
Material: Silver; slightly off-centre on reverse, shadow of reverse cross on obverse; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Crown IACOBVS . DEI . GRA . REX SCOTTO; stops are pellets; crowned bust facing / Rev. SALVV / FAC * P / PLVVT / VVDnE; stop is a five-pointed star
Dimensions: 16.50 x 17.00 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin Type: Light coinage
Coin, penny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Cochran-Patrick Collection
James IV
Lockett Collection
Wingate Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James IV silver penny, Edinburgh, 1496 - 1513
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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