James I Silver Shilling Lis Mint Mark Second Coinage, 1604-5
Denomination: Silver shilling
Origin: London mint
Condition: Fine, almost full flan, with light scratching on portrait (by disgruntled subject?)
Obverse: Third bust type, beard cut square and stands out from chest, right, lis mint mark, denomination to left, IACOBVS D G MAG BRIT FRA ET HIB REX
Reverse: Square-topped shield of arms, legend around
Size and Weight: 31mm, 5.86g
References: Sear 2654
Features and Provenance: James VI of Scotland became James I of England and Ireland in 1603, after the death of Elizabeth I who died without an heir.
He later styled himself as 'King of Great Britain' and came to the throne as 'an old experienced king'. However, he had a very sad, young life. His father, Lord Darnley, was murdered having beed strangled and then blown up just to make sure, when James was only eight months old.
His mother, Mary Queen of Scots, who was forced to abdicate and was imprisoned in England, never saw her son again before her eventual execution in 1567. As king of Great Britain he was constantly at odds with Parliament and they disagreed with his extravagant life-style. There were plots to blow up Parliament with him inside, but the 'Gunpowder Plot' of 1605 was thwarted with the discovery of Guy Fawkes. His coinage contains gold, silver, and for the first time, copper coins in the form of token farthings. He died in 1625.
Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between
Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear
Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear
Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn
Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible
- Product Code: 21011804
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