Coin (Obverse), four shilling piece, from reign of James VI

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Coin (Obverse), four shilling piece, from reign of James VI

This is the obverse of a silver four shilling piece minted at Edinburgh in 1581, during the reign of James VI.

The obverse bears a portrait of the king in armour on horseback. 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: 000-190-000-658-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C459
Date: 1581
Material: Silver: moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross . IACOBVS . 6 . DEI . GRATIA . REX . SCOTOR; crowned shield; last R with cross let / Rev. Cross . NEMO . ME . IMPVNE . LACESSET 1581; crowned thistle; Ns are reversed; I to left; R to right
Dimensions: 24.50 x 24.00 mm D / Die Axis: 9.0
What: Coin Type: 3rd coinage
Coin, 4 shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver 4-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1581
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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