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James I Lennox Farthing mm grapes (1616-21) type 3c

James I (1603-25), copper Lennox Farthing, type 3c (1616-21), crown over crossed sceptres, Latin legend and beaded border surrounding both sides, initial mark grapes, IACO: D: G: MAG: BRIT: rev. crowned bird faced harp with six strings, FRA: ET HIB: REX. weight 0.72g (Peck 77; S.2679). One small rim chip, otherwise almost extremely fine, scarce this nice.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "James by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain" continuing on the reverse "France and Ireland."

Ludovic Stuart, the Duke of Lennox is the name associated with this issue of Farthings though the patent worth 100 marks a year (£66/13/4d), from 1616 was actually in the name of the Goldsmiths Edward Woodward and Thomas Garrett, for political reasons.

Provenance:

This coin illustrated in "Coinage and Currency in Eighteenth Century Britain, The Provincial Coinage" by David W Dykes, page 13, number 18b.

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