Pen and ink sketch of Scottish silver coin found buried in Ireland, possibly near Killaloe. It carries on the obverse a crowned head facing left, with a sceptre and the legend ‘ROBERTUS DEI GRA REX SCOTTORUM’. The reverse face is quartered by a cross, and has a mullet or five-pointed star in each of the quadrants of the central circle, with the legend in two outer rings; the inner one reads ‘VILLA DE PERTH’, the outer ‘DNS PTECTOR MS LIBATOR MS’.
Given these inscriptions, this coin appears to be a groat of the reign of Robert II (1371-1390) and not of Robert the Bruce, as Dineley supposes. This misattribution of groats inscribed ‘Robertus’ was common until about the mid-nineteenth century.
W.A. Seaby and B.H.I.H. Stewart, ‘Fourteenth-century hoard of Scottish groats from Balleny townland, Co. Down’, British Numismatic Journal, vol. 33 (1964), 94-106, see pp. 99-100.
Thomas Snelling, A view of the silver coin and coinage of England (London: T. Snelling, 1762), p. 7
Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands (London: Spink & Son Ltd., 2003).
Inscribed in Image
|Genre||Scientific or Technical illustration|
|Technique||Pen and ink drawings|
|Subject(s)||Antiquities and archaeological sites|
|Keywords(s)||Antiquities, Coins, Crosses, Inscriptions, Men, People, Silver|
|Dimensions||7.7 cm x 6 cm|
|Published / created||1681|
|Travel Account||Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland|
|Print or manuscript||Manuscript|
|Location of image in copy||p. 249|
|Source copy||National Library of Ireland MS 392|
|Rights||Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland|
Related text from travel account
DIVISION of IRELAND
THE Kingdom of IRELAND in Latin Hibernia, Greek [Greek characters] is a large Island second to none in the World but ENGLAND, nearest neighbour to SCOTLAND and was once called SCOTIA. Some will have its Etimology from IBERSU a Spanish north West, Some from the HEBRIDES Scottish Islands fronting it: Very probable it is that the Scots made an inrode into this country; and that considerable, as appeares by silver Coynes with the Impress of Robert de BRUCE found dugg up in severall places of the South of this Kingdome, particularly one, which I saw in the hands of Mr John Paterson, Chaplain to the Earle of Thomond & Minister of six mile bridge Town in the County of Thomond, who received it from ye Reverend Dr Jaspar Pheasant Dean of Killaloo.
[image: Silver coin from Scotland]
And which I borrow’d and touch’d off as followes. [p. 249]