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GM25019

James I Crown, First Coinage mm thistle, FRC dies II/III, VF35 ex Barr

Regular price £5,750
Regular price Sale price £5,750

James I (1603-25), silver Crown, first coinage (1603-04), armoured King on horseback right, sword on shoulder, plain groundline below, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding both sides, initial mark thistle (1603-04) both sides, .IACOBVS. D; G; ANG; SCO; FRAN; ET. HIB; REX., rev. quartered shield of arms, .EXVRGAT. DEVS. DISSIPENTVR. INIMICI., weight 29.59g (Cooper dies II/III; N.2070; S.2643). Toned, some wear to high points with surface marks, has been slabbed and graded by NGC as VF35 and extremely rare earliest issue of the reign with a decent horseman.

NGC Certification 2824363-001 - currently the joint finest graded.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse, "James, by the grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland," and on the reverse "Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered."

Provenance:

Ex Spink and Son Ltd, from March 1975 priced at £640, further Spink ticket circa 1980s priced at £800.

Ex Alan Barr Collection, part IV, Mark Rasmussen Numismatist, c.2006, item 526.

Ex Spink Coin Auction, 26th September 2012, lot 594.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group, Auction 108, 16th May 2018, lot 1158.

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