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GM28103

James I gold Britain Crown, mm key, third bust, low output year

James I (1603-25), gold Crown of Five Shillings, struck in 22 carat "Crown" gold, second coinage (1604-19), third crowned bust right within beaded circles and legend, initial mark key (1609-10), .IACOBVS; D; G; MAG; BRI; FRA; ET; HI; REX., rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, I to left of crown, R to right, .HENRICVS. ROSAS. REGNA. IACOBVS, weight 2.46g (N.2090; S.2625). Toned with some light surface marks and light hairline scratches, rim chip, almost very fine, reverse better.

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 "Henry united the Roses, James the Kingdoms," a legend that is exclusive to this reign.

The original pyx trial records show that £77,085 of 22 carat crown gold was struck for this mint mark from 18th May 1609 until 11th May 1610. This is one of only five crown gold outputs below £100,000 in the entire reign.

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