Coin - Penny, Alexander III, Scotland, 1280-1286 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 1704

Silver coin; Denomination: Penny
Berwick Mint (possible)
Alexander III (1249-1286), second coinage

Coins of the second issue of Alexander II have no names of moneyers or mints (18 mints had been involved in the first coinage). The new issue follows closely the re-coinage of Edward I of England in 1279 which had also abandoned the use of moneyer and mint names. The reverses of the Scottish coins do however contain some variety in the form of mullets and stars with different combinations and numbers of points. This may have had meaning in terms of the responsible mint.

Spink p. 19 suggests "Coins with a total of 24 points (Berwick(possible)) account for around 56% of the total output ... 26 points (Perth(possible)) account for 23%"
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 17 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 0.994 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Eugene von Guerard Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain - Scotland
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: hammered
DateEra: circa 1280 AD
Denomination: Penny
Obverse Description: At centre within line circle crowned head of the King facing left with sceptre at left; around, + ALEXANDER DEI GRA
Reverse Description: At centre partly within beaded circle long cross with six pointed voided mullet in each angle (24 points); around, REX SCOTORVM +
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King Alexander III, Scotland, Great Britain, 1280-1286
  1. [Book], Coins of Scotland Ireland and the Islands, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2003, Spink 5052 Pages
  2. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.

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