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HM32338

Scotland, Charles I Thirty-Shillings, first coinage, 'SEPRET' error in legend

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Scotland, Charles I (1625-49),silver Thirty Shillings, first coinage (1625-34), 'SEPRET' legend error, James VI as horseman right with upright sword, inner and outer borders, ground line below, initial mark small thistle, legend surrounds CAROLVS. D.G. MAG. BRIT. FRAN. & HIB. REX,rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, QVÆ. DEVS. CONIVNXIT. NEMO. SEPRET, weight 14.90g (Burns 2, fig. 997; Bull 1b/S7-E; SCBI 35 [Scottish], 1411; SCBI 70 [National Museum of Scotland], 135ff; Murray pl. iii, 13; S.5541). Rich cabinet tone with residual mint bloom in the periphery, some weakness in the die or perhaps initial strike, otherwise very fine for type with a rare legend reading of Sepret as opposed to Separat.

The Latin legends translate as "Charles by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland" on the obverse, and "What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder" on the reverse, a Psalm taken from the Bible.

Out of the 19 die varieties that Maurice Bull records of the type I coinage of Charles I depicting James VI on horseback, only this one die variety has the legend without stops.

Provenance:

Ex Spink Numismatic Circular, April 2007, item SC0624.

Ex Dix Noonan and Webb, Auction 152, 14th November 2018, lot 1189.

Ex Morton and Eden, Auction 105, 28th November 2019, lot 617.

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