Coin (reverse), penny, from reign of Malcolm IV ('Canmore')

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Coin (reverse), penny, from reign of Malcolm IV ('Canmore')

This is the reverse of a silver penny minted at Roxburgh between 1153 and 1165, during the reign of Malcolm IV ('Canmore'). The coin was worth one penny Scots.

The reverse has a cross fleury on a lozenge fleury. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Hugo (the moneyer) at Roxburgh'.

The coins of Malcolm's reign are all extremely rare and the only known mints are Roxburgh and, possibly, Berwick. It may have been that coins in the name of his father, David I, continued to be struck during his reign.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-687-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C673
Date: 1153 - 1165
Between 1153 and 1165
Material: Silver; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross MALCOLM : REX; crowned bust facing, between two sceptres / Rev. Cross HVGO : ON ROCABVRG; cross fleury on lozenge fleury
Dimensions: 20.50 x 20.00 mm D / Die Axis: 12.5
What: Coin Type: Stewart IIb
Coin, sterling / penny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Cochran-Patrick Collection
Hugo (Maker)
Largs Collection
Lockett Collection
Malcolm IV
Where: Roxburgh
Description: Malcolm IV silver sterling or penny by Hugo at Roxburgh, 1153 - 1165
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Burns (1877), 22 A 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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