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Scotland, James VI copper Penny, type II extremely rare

James VI of Scotland (1567-1625), copper Penny or Half-Turner, type II, Issue of 1623, thistle plant with three thistle heads, beaded circles and legend surrounding, .IACOBVS. D. G. MAG. BRIT., rev. crowned lion rampant left, pellet behind for value of Penny, beaded circles and legend surrounding, .FRAN. &. HIB. REX, weight 0.62g (Burns page 440; S.5526). Well struck a full coin for this crude issue, about very fine and hard to find this well preserved, extremely rare.

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

Looking at Burns "Coinage of Scotland" published in 1887, he did not number this type II coin as part of his corpus as he had never personally seen one. He writes a note about it on page 440 as one was listed as part of the Wingate collection but did not appear in his sale. He notes there is one in the Pollexfen Collection at the time; looking at the auction catalogue of Rev. J H Pollexfen at Sotheby, 28th June 1900, large lot 396 seems to contain his base metal issues, but the piece is not especially described. Looking at Coin Archives in modern times we can find no listing of one of these pieces for sale; perhaps this could even be the Pollexfen example but there is no proof.

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