Coin (obverse), five shilling piece, from reign of James VI

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Coin (obverse), five shilling piece, from reign of James VI

This is the obverse of a silver five shilling piece minted at Edinburgh in 1593, during the reign of James VI.

The obverse has a bare-headed portrait of the king in armour. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James VI, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

The coins of James VI's reign are considered to have the most beautiful designs and most varied legends of all Scottish coins. After the Union of the Crowns of 1603, Scottish gold and silver coins closely resembled their English counterparts.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-556-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3291
Date: 1593
Material: Silver; slightly off-centre on reverse, part of edge ragged; generally moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. * . IACOBVS . 6 . D . G . R . SCOTORVM .; initial mark is a quatrefoil; bare-headed bust of king in armour, to right / Rev. * . NEMO . ME . IMPVNE . LA
Dimensions: 26.50 mm D / Die Axis: 5.0
What: Coin Type: 7th coinage
Coin, five shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver five-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1593
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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