James III Edinburgh Billon Plack

James III (1460-1488) billon plack (four pence), Edinburgh Mint. Obverse: Lion Rampant on Scottish shield with crown above, all within a tressure of three arcs, with a cross pattée either side of the shield and legend: "+IACOBVS xx D[EI GRA RE]X SCOTTORVM". Reverse: Floreate cross fourchée with a saltire in the centre and a crown in each angle with legend "VILL [ A DE] E | DINB | VRGH". Listed in Coincraft as "RARE IN ANY CONDITION". These underweight low silver content alloy issues, probably the idea of James III's friend Robert Cochrane who was given permission to issue them, were never popular and ultimately withdrawn between 1482 and 1485. For this and other deeds, Cochrane and James III's other favourites were ultimately hanged from the bridge at Lauder by James III's rebel lords in 1482. My thanks to David Pearson for the information surrounding this issue. Reasonable collectable condition with ragged edge, see photograph.

Spink No: S.5293. Diameter 24.8mm. VG. £75.00

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