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Coin (Reverse), farthing, from reign of James III

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Coin (Reverse), farthing, from reign of James III
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This is the reverse of a farthing minted between 1465 and 1485, during the reign of James III. The coin was made of copper and was worth a quarter of a penny Scots.

The reverse has a long floreate cross with five-pointed mullets in the angles. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Money of the Poor'.

Because coins such as this were at one time believed to have been struck at an ecclesiastical mint, they are sometimes referred to as the 'ecclesiastical issue'.

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