Coin (reverse), one shilling piece, from reign of James VI & I

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Coin (reverse), one shilling piece, from reign of James VI & I

This is the reverse of a silver one shilling piece minted at Edinburgh between 1604 and 1609, during the reign of James VI & I.

The reverse has a thistle. The Latin inscription translates as: 'May God guard these united (i.e. kingdoms)'.

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: 000-190-000-573-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3363
Date: 1604 - 1609
Between 1604 and 1609
Material: Silver; some flattening; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Thistle . I' . D' . G' . ROSA . SINE . SPINA .; rose / Rev. Thistle . TVEATVR . VNI [TA .] DEVS .; thistle
Dimensions: 14.00 x 13.50 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin Type: Post-union, 1st coinage
Coin, shilling
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver shilling, Edinburgh, 1604 - 1609
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 131 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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