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James I gold Halfcrown

James I (1603-25), gold Halfcrown, struck in 22 carat "Crown" gold, second Coinage (1604-19), first crowned bust right within beaded circles and legend, initial mark escallop (1606-07), .I: D: G: ROSA. SINE. SPINA. rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, I to left of crown, R to right, .TVEATVR. VNITA DEVS., 1.21g (Schneider 68; N.2093; S.2629). A little weakly struck at centre both sides, toned about very fine.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "James by the Grace of God, a rose without a thorn" and on the reverse as "May God guard these United," a reference to the uniting of England and Scotland under the same monarch.

Provenance:

Ex Archbishop Sharp Collection, part II, Morton and Eden, 7th December 2017, lot 41.

Archbishop John Sharp (1644-1714), the Archbishop of York from 1691 till 1714 collected coins and medals commencing circa 1687 when Rector of St Giles in the Fields, London. His "observations on the English Coinage" written to Ralph Thoresby in 1698-99 were still circulating in manuscript form nearly 90 years later when finally published in 1785.

The Collection passed down the Sharp family with part I sold at Sotheby in 1977.

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