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James I gold Thistle Crown

James I (1603-25), gold Thistle Crown of Four Shillings, Tower mint, second coinage, crowned stemmed rose, I to left, R to right, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding, initial mark rose (1605-06), · IA; D;G;· MAG; BR; F; ET· H; REX, rev. crowned thistle with leaves, I to left, R to right, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding, · TVEATVR · VNITA · DEVS · weight 1.95g (Schneider 58; North 2096; S.2627). Attractively toned, minor hairline rim crack, otherwise well struck 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 "May God guard these united," referring to his uniting the three kingdoms. Such gold crowns were struck in 22 carat "crown" gold.

Provenance:
Ex Tom Cederlind (d.2015), Portland Oregon, ex-stock priced at $1,750.

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