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FM21109

Scotland, James VI 1584 gold Lion Noble of 75 Shillings VF25, of highest rarity

Regular price £65,000
Regular price Sale price £65,000

Scotland, James VI (1567-1625), gold Lion Noble of 75 Shillings, 1584, fourth coinage, seated sejant lion facing holding sword and sceptre within beaded inner circle, legend surrounding, initial mark quatrefoil, POST.5.&.100. PROA. INVICTA. MANENT. HEC, rev. S at centre of four cruciform crowned IR monograms within inner beaded circle, legend surrounding, initial mark quatrefoil, DEVS. IVDICIVM. TVVM. REGI. DA. 1584 (Burns 1, fig.949; SCBI 35:1144; SCBI 58:1241; S.5453). Toned with light hairline marks, has been slabbed and graded by NGC as VF25, extremely rare, the first we have handled with a good provenance.

NGC certification 1528799-003 seemingly the only one graded.

The Latin legends translate as on the obverse "After one hundred and five ancestors these remain unconquered" and on the reverse "Give the King thy judgements, O God." A Psalm from the Bible.

This is the first date for this denomination which ran through four dates in total, and were introduced by Act of Parliament of 19th May 1584. A highly unusual coin design as described in a further act passed on 24th August 1584, in that the King of Scotland is only alluded to by his crowned monograms and the central S on reverse and subsequently ne of the rarest Scottish gold coins. The size and fineness of gold led to them often being referred to as "Scottish Angels"

Provenance:

Ex Dr A. N. Brushfield, part 2; Glendining, 28th March 1940, lot 12, sold for £50.

Ex Spink Numismatic Circular, April 2007, item SC0587.

Ex Loch Ness Collection, Stacks Bowers Galleries, 16th August 2021, lot 41516.

We note in the Brushfield sale that this coin sold in wartime for an amazing £50 when other rarities in the Scottish gold series like the Mary £3 Ryal and James VI Thistle Noble were selling for ten times less at £5 each.

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