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BM02856

James I gold Quarter-Laurel mintmark thistle

James I (1603-25), gold Quarter-Laurel of Five Shillings, third coinage (1619-25), laureate and draped bust left, straight ties at rear of bust, value behind, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding on both sides, initial mark thistle (1621-23), .IACOBVS D: G: MAG: BRI: FRA: ET HIB: REX., rev. long cross fourchee over crowned quartered shield of arms, no punctuation, HENRIC VS ROSAS REGNA IACOBVS, weight 2.18g (Schneider 95; N.2118; S.2642). Struck a little off-centre, toned 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 thistle mint mark was unusually used for a two year period, and original pyx trial records show that £332,369 of 22 carat crown gold was struck for this mint mark from 9th June 1621 until 3rd July 1623.

Provenance:

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

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