Coin (Obverse), penny, from reign of James IV

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Coin (Obverse), penny, from reign of James IV

This is the obverse of a billon penny minted at Edinburgh between 1496 and 1513, during the reign of James IV. The coin was worth one penny Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, 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: 000-190-000-550-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3045
Date: 1496 - 1513
Between 1496 and 1513
Material: Billon; edge ragged to right of portrait, slight flattening; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. Crown IACOBVS DEI GRA REX SCOTTO'; crowned bust facing / Rev. SALVV / FACP / PLVVT / VVDnE; single long cross with a crown in 1st and 3rd quarters and lis in 2nd
Dimensions: 14.50 x 15.50 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin Type: 2nd issue, Type I
Coin, penny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James IV
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James IV billon 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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