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James IV (1488-1513) penny, 1496-1513.
This billon coin is an example of first penny issue in the reign of James IV. During this time all the coins were struck in Edinburgh and this mint-signature can be seen on the reverse.
The design bears the tall bust of James IV with crown of five fleurs and annulets by neck on the obverse, while a long cross and three pellets at each quarter are visible on the reverse.
The Latin inscription reads JACOBVS DEI GRA REX on the obverse. This translates as 'James by the Grace of God King'. The legend on the reverse reads VILLA DE EDIN BVRG that is ‘town of Edinburgh’.
James IV was crowned at Scone Place at the age of 15. He was an excellent administrator, author of numerous legislative reforms and interested in astrology and surgery. He preferred alliance with England until the accession of Henry VIII. Eventually relations deteriorated culminating in the battle of Flodden where James was killed in 1513.
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dia 14.5mm (dia 9/16")
w 0.33g
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