Coin (reverse), penny, from reign of William I (the Lion)

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Coin (reverse), penny, from reign of William I (the Lion)

This is the reverse of a silver William I penny minted at Roxburgh between around 1195 and around 1245. The coin was worth one penny Scots.

The reverse has a short voided cross with six-pointed star in each angle. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Raul (the moneyer) at Roxburgh'.

William I was given the name 'the Lion' not for his courage, but because he replaced the dragon on the arms of Scotland by the lion rampant. William's mints included Roxburgh, Berwick, Edinburgh and Perth.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-692-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C758
Date: 1195 - c. 1245
Between 1195 and around 1245
Material: Silver; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross WILELMVS : :; king's head to left, with sceptre / Rev. Cross RAVL : ON ROCE :; N is reversed; short voided cross with six-pointed star in each angle
Dimensions: 20.00 mm D / Die Axis: 8.0
What: Coin Type: 3rd coinage
Coin, sterling / penny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Raul (Maker)
William I (the Lion)
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Roxburgh
Description: William I silver sterling or penny by Raul at Roxburgh, 1195 - c. 1245
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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