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JM33318

James I gold Britain Crown, mm mullet over bell, HINRICVS error legend reverse

James I (1603-25),gold Crown of Five Shillings, with HINRICVS error reading on reverse, struck in 22 carat "Crown" gold, second coinage (1604-19), third crowned bust right within beaded circles and legend, initial mark mullet over bell on obverse (1611-12), reads .IACOBVS; D; G; MAG; BRIT; FRA; ET; HI; REX.,rev.crowned quartered shield of arms, I to left of crown, R to right, HINRICVS. ROSAS. REGNA. IACOBVS, mintmark mullet, weight 2.37g (Schneider -; Lingford 1004; N.2091; S.2625).Rich tone, the flan somewhat irregular with some weakness in portrait, rare mintmark combination on the obverse, extremely rare misspelling of Henricvs on reverse, near very fine and the only example we have seen.

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.

Provenance:

Ex B. A. Seaby Ltd, by Private Treaty, 30th November 1972 with supporting ticket - ref 723852.

This coin could possibly be the sole example in the Lingford collection part II (Glendining 20th June 1951), as part of lot 1004 but as it is not illustrated it cannot be determined further.

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