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HISJ1GL - James I gold Laurel mintmark lis

James I (1603-25), gold Laurel of Twenty Shillings, third coinage (1619-25), fourth laureate and draped bust left, straight ties at rear of bust, value behind, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding on both sides, initial mark lis (1623-24), IACOBVS D: G: MAG: BRI: FRA: ET HIB: REX, rev. long cross fourchee over crowned quartered shield of arms, terminal mark lis, no punctuation, FACIA M EOS IN GENTEM VNAM, weight 8.97g (cf.Schneider 86-87; N.2112; S.2638A). Lightly toned and a little double struck, otherwise good very fine.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "James by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland" and on the reverse as "I will make them one nation," taken from the Bible.

The original pyx trial records show that £241,701 of 22 carat crown gold was struck for this mint mark from 4th July 1623 until 17th June 1624.

Provenance:

Ex A H Baldwin, vault stock, purchased Spring 2006.

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