James VI (1567-1625), eight penny groat, 1583-90.
Offering an example of coinage before the King's accession to the English throne, this billon coin shows the Edinburgh mint-signature on its reverse.
The design consists of a crowned shield with lion rampant on the obverse, while the reverse shows a thistle at its centre.
The inscription reads the following Latin words on the obverse: IACOB 6 D.G. R. SCO. This translates as 'James VI by the Grace of God King of Scotland'. On the reverse the inscription reads: OPPID. EDINB, which means 'Edinburgh city'.
It should be noted that at this time billon and copper coins were issued in reduced quantities, none at all being struck during the first sixteen years of the reign. In this respect, Scottish documents of 1585 refer to the striking of coins at Dundee and Perth because of the pestilence in Edinburgh, but no coins are known with other than an Edinburgh mint-signature. James Vi was the first Protestant King of Scotland. As Elizabeth's nearest heir, James succeeded to the throne of England after her death in 1603. Not on display.