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GM27642

James I gold Thistle Crown, 2nd coinage, I and R omitted on reverse mm tower

Regular price £3,750
Regular price Sale price £3,750

James I (1603-25), gold Thistle Crown of Four Shillings, variety with I and R omitted on reverse, Tower mint, second coinage, crowned stemmed rose, I to left, R to right, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding, initial mark tower (1612-13), · IA; D;G;· MAG; BR; F; ET· HI; REX, rev. crowned thistle with leaves, the I and R omitted, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding, · TVEATVR · VNITA · DEVS ·, weight 1.98g (Schneider 61; North 2096; S.2628). Toned with some light surface marks, very fine and extremely rare with the I and R omitted.

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 "May God guard these united," referring to his uniting the three kingdoms. Such gold crowns were struck in 22 carat "crown" gold and for the tower mint mark which was used from 23rd May 1612 until 28th April 1613 a total of £299,151 worth of crown gold across all the appropriate denominations were struck. A small proportion would be the thistle crown and perhaps only one reverse die had the I and R omitted like we have here.

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