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BM02853

James I gold Laurel mintmark rose, no stops in legends, rare.

James I (1603-25), gold Laurel of Twenty Shillings, third coinage (1619-25), third laureate and draped bust left, S style ties at rear of bust, value behind, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding on both sides, initial mark rose (1620-21), no punctuation in legends, IACOBVS D G MAG BRI FRA ET HIB REX, rev. long cross fourchee over crowned quartered shield of arms, terminal mark rose, FACIAM EOS IN GENTEM VNAM, weight 9.02g (Schneider 84; N.2112; S.2638A). Some light weakness in parts of legend due to double striking, otherwise good very fine, rare without punctuation in legends.

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 "I will make them one nation," taken from the Bible.

The original pyx trial records show that £162,898 of 22 carat crown gold was struck for this mint mark from 24th June 1620 until 8th June 1621, which is one of the smaller mintages when compared across the mint marks of the third coinage.

Provenance:

Ex A H Baldwin, vault stock, purchased Spring 2006.

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