Coin (Reverse), hardhead, from reign of James VI

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Coin (Reverse), hardhead, from reign of James VI

This is the reverse of a hardhead minted at Edinburgh in 1588, during the reign of James VI. The coin was made of billon and was worth two pence Scots.

The reverse has a crowned shield. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Truth has conquered'.

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: 000-190-000-565-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3340
Date: 1588
Material: Billon; slight flattening; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. * IACOB' . 6 . D . G . R . SCOTO' .; initial mark is a quatrefoil; crowned IR / Rev. VINCIT . VERITAS .; crowned shield
Dimensions: 19.50 mm D / Die Axis: 5.0
What: Coin Type: 1st issue
Coin, hardhead
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI billon hardhead, Edinburgh, August 1588
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 115 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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