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James I 1605 Sixpence, third bust, mintmark lis, Gunpowder plot year

James I (1603-25), silver Sixpence, 1605, second coinage (1604-19), third crowned bust right, beaded circles and legend surrounding, IACOBVS D; G. MAG; BRIT; FRA; ET HI; REX, initial mark lis (1604-05) both sides, rev. quartered shield of arms, date above, beaded circles and legend surrounding, .QVÆ. DEVS. CONIVNXIT. NEMO. SEPARET., weight 2.92g (N.2102; S.2657). A little worn from circulation with some surface marks, with a clear mint mark and date, fine, the year of the gunpowder plot.

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 "What God hath joined, let no man put asunder" a Psalm from the Bible.

The lis mint mark in the second coinage was used for the dates 1604 and 1605, the latter the year of Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot.

We note the output of silver for the lis mint mark totals £159,489 which is the third highest of the reign.

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