SWYOR-7209D2: Medieval Scottish penny

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Unique ID: SWYOR-7209D2

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A silver Scottish Medieval coin; a penny of James I (1406 - 1437), Class C2. The coin was minted at Aberdeen. It does not match any of the coins in Spink Volume II (2003), Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands, but an example of the same coin though from different dies is held in the National Museum of Scotland.

Nicholas Holmes (Research Associate, Numismatics at the National Museum of Scotland) comments that: "[this is] a very scarce coin, and in unusually good condition for the issue. [...] Stewart's Scottish Coinage states that coins of this type can have lis, annulet or saltire stops in the legends, and this one appears to have annulets on the obverse and lis on the reverse. The penny coinage of James I has never been studied in detail, probably owing to the scarcity of surviving specimens and the poor condition of most of them, so this coin is a valuable addition to the corpus available for future study."

Part of the coin is laminating, but it is otherwise in good condition.


This coin is recorded from images provided by the owner and has not been examined by the FLO.

It was bought through Ebay, in a batch of coins of unknown provenance. The person listed as the finder is the owner, not the finder.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1406
Date to: Circa AD 1437

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 0.93 g
Diameter: 17 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1894

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: James I of Scotland
Mint or issue place: Aberdeen
Type: Scottish: penny of James I (S 5204 - 5214)
Obverse description: Forward facing crowned bust
Obverse inscription: +IA[...] (VS)[...] : LE :(RE)
Reverse description: Long cross with three pellets in each angle
Reverse inscription: +VIL[LA-]BE(R) fleur DON fleur
Initial mark: cross
Die axis measurement: 8 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

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To be known as: Unknown

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Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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