Silver coin; Denomination: Ryal
James VI (1567-1625)
The ryal, also known as a sword dollar, was a 30 shillling coin when issued but this example bears the thistle countermark indicating the coin was revalued to 34 shillings 9 pence in 1578.
At centre within a border of dots, crowned shield charged with lion rampant to left dividing the crowned letters I R; around IACOBVS 6 DEI GRATIA REX SCOTORVM
At centre within a border of dots, erect sword with crown on point dividing the date 1570, above date on left a hand pointing right; on left, the denomination XXX; thistle countermark below numeral 1; around, PRO ME SI MEREOR IN ME (translation, for me, but against me if I deserve)
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
2 mm (Depth), 43 mm (Outside Diameter), 30.473 g (Weight)
[Book] 2003. Coins of Scotland Ireland and the Islands., Spink 5472 with thistle countermark of 1578 see page 71 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.