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FM21103

Scotland, James III gold Half-Rider, extremely rare denomination, XF45

Regular price £25,000
Regular price Sale price £25,000

Scotland, James III (1460-88),gold Half-Rider of Eleven and a Half Shillings, issued 1475-83, class II, crowned quartered Scottish shield of arms, single tressure fleury over long cross pattée, IACOBVS DEI GRA REX SCO TTORVM,rev.armoured King on horseback galloping left, holding sword upright with plumed helmet, feint lis under sword arm, all within inner beaded circle surrounding, legend and beaded border surrounding, SALWm: FAC: POPVLVm: TWm: DOmInE:, the double Vs joined like a W, weight 2.41g (Burns 2, fig.620; SCBI 35:733; S.5260).Toned with a nice red colour, legends a touch double-struck, has been slabbed and graded by NGC as XF45, extremely rare.

NGC certification 4423749-004 - seemingly the only examples graded.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "James, by the Grace of God, King of Scotland" and on the reverse "O Lord, save Thy people" a Psalm from the Bible. A great deal of the gold in the coinage of Scotland at this period was mined locally principally from Crawford Moor, when nuggets from 2 grams to 30 ounces were discovered.

Provenance:

Ex R. W. Cochran-Patrick, Sotheby, 30-31st March 1936, lot 35

Ex S. P. Fay - The Dundee Collection, Bowers & Ruddy with Spink, Los Angeles, 19th February 1976, lot 75

Ex Dix Noonan and Webb, Auction 71, 28th September 2006, lot 947.

Ex Loch Ness Collection, Stacks Bowers Galleries, 16th August 2021, lot 41496.

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