COIN OF THE WEEK - 9/7/2014
A very attractive gold 'Rider' of James III of Scotland (1460-88). This reign saw the introduction of several new denominations in Scotland, including the 'Rider' and the 'Unicorn'. The Rider was reminiscent of many European gold coinages with a depiction of the ruler, fully armed, galloping on horseback. Unfortunately James' nobles were not impressed, and after a prolonged rebellion they defeated him at the battle of Sauchieburn. The king had been given a magnificent great grey horse, the swiftest in the kingdom, but unfortunately the horse threw him during the battle, and he was killed.
This coin will be offered at auction by Spink in London on 22-23 September. It is now available for viewing in our London showroom.