Coin (reverse), 30 pence piece, from reign of James VI

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Coin (reverse), 30 pence piece, from reign of James VI

This is the reverse of a silver 30 shilling piece minted at Edinburgh in 1595, during the reign of James VI. The coin was worth two shillings and six pence Scots.

The reverse has a crowned thistle. The Latin inscription translates as: 'No one shall hurt me with impunity' and is followed by the date, 1595.

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: 000-190-000-557-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3300
Date: 1595
Material: Silver; slight flattening; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. * . IACOBVS . 6 . D . G . R . SCOTORV; initial mark is a quatrefoil; bare-headed bust of king in armour, to right / Rev. * . NEMO . ME . IMPVNE . LACESSIT . 1595 .; initial mark is a quatrefoil; cr
Dimensions: 20.00 x 19.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: 7th coinage
Coin, 30 pence piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver 30-pence piece, Edinburgh, 1595
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 68 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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