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Groat of James I of Scotland

This very recent find came in from Glyn Peak, who knew it was Scottish but wasn’t sure if it was struck for James I or James II. As can be seen from the photographs, it is a coin but only about 60% of it has managed to survive the ravages of time.

The coin is a groat of James I of Scotland, whose dates are 1406 to 1437. On the obverse the king has saltires on his shoulders and by his neck and a sceptre to the left. There is a fleur de lis in the centre of the reverse and in two quarters and the inner legend has the last letters of the mint signature for Edinburgh.

This groat was struck at Edinburgh during the first fleur de lis coinage and is listed in Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands as number 5195. There are many varieties of this type and I traced only one specimen struck from the same set of dies as Glyn’s coin.


Sadly, this groat would be catalogued as only a large fragment. It’s certainly rare but few collectors would be interested in it in its present condition. However, someone who couldn’t afford a better specimen might pay around £30 for it. 

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