Silver coin; Denomination: Testoon
The testoon was current at 5 shillings. This coin was called in by James VI in 1578 due to an increase in the value of silver. It was countermarked with a thistle, re-valuing it at 7 shillings 4 pence. Coins with the countermark are often listed under James VI even though originally issued by Queen Mary.
Crowned shield charged with the lion rampant and dividing the letters M R; around, MARIA DEI G SCOTOR REGINA 1557
Cross potent with a cros in each angle; around, (mm. crown) IN VIRTVTE TVA LIBERA ME 1557 (translation, In Thy strength deliver me). Countermarked with thistle in first angle of cross.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Purchased, Felton Bequest, 1929
Type of item
27 mm (Outside Diameter), 5.791 g (Weight)
[Book] 2003. Coins of Scotland Ireland and the Islands., Spink 5406 revalued under James VI Pages