James III Black Money Farthing


James III (1460-1488) copper farthing. Obverse: Large trefoil containing central mullet and a lis in each leaf. Reverse: Cross with a mullet in each quarter and legend: "MO PAVPER". Being copper, these were unpopular from the start, and with the population of Scotland used to silver coinage, they soon became known as "Black Money". They added to the unpopularity of James III. For a full explanation of this issue please read David Pearson's excellent article "The Black Money of James III" in Coin News of October 2018. News Rare coin in good collectable condition for type with a lot of the features visible, see photograph.

Spink No: S.5314. Diameter 11.5mm. F-. £195.00

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