Coin (reverse), demy, from reign of James I

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Coin (reverse), demy, from reign of James I

This is the reverse of a gold demy minted at Edinburgh between 1424 and 1437 during the reign of James I. The coin was worth nine shillings Scots.

The reverse has a saltire cross flanked by two fleurs-de-lys in a six-arc tressure with fleur-de-lys on the cusps and large quatrefoils with pellet centres. The Latin inscription translates as: 'O Lord, save Thy people'. The words are from Psalm 28.

When he inherited the crown, James I was a prisoner in England. He did not return to Scotland until 1424 and few if any of his coins are thought to have been struck before then.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-670-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C52
Date: 1424 - 1437
Between 1424 and 1437
Material: Gold; almost no wear. Inscription: Obv. Crown . IACOBVS . DE . IGRACIA . REXSC :; stops are saltire, three lis, double saltire; lion rampant to left within lozenge / Rev. Cross . SALVVM . FACPOPVLVM . . TVVMDNE *; stops are two lis, saltire / lis, seven p
Dimensions: 23.00 x 22.50 mm D / Die Axis: 5.0
What: Coin Type: Stewart III
Coin, demy
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James I
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James I gold demy, Edinburgh, 1424 - 1437
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 44 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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