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BM02852

James I gold Double Crown

James I (1603-25), gold Double Crown, second Coinage (1604-19), fifth crowned bust right within beaded circles and legend, initial mark mullet (1611-12), .IACOBVS. D;G; MAG; BRIT; FRAN; ET. HIB; REX. rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, I to left, R to right, .HENRICVS. ROSAS. REGNA. IACOBVS, 4.96g (Schneider 36; N.2088; S.2623). Dig in field behind crown, other light hairlines, lightly toned, a little weak on high points of legend, 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 "Henry united the Roses, James the Kingdoms," a legend that is exclusive to this reign.

The original pyx trial records show that £72,036 of 22 carat crown gold was struck for this mint mark from 10th May 1611 until 22nd May 1612, which is the third lowest mintage when compared across the mint marks of the second coinage.

Provenance:

Ex Glendining, 28th March 1984, lot 21.

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