Great Britain (1604-05) crown Dav-3759

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Goldberg sale 74, lot 4384
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This specimen was lot 4384 in Goldberg sale 74 (Los Angeles, June 2013), where it sold for $10,637.50 including buyer's fees. The catalog description[1] noted,

"Great Britain. Crown, ND. James I, 1603-1625. Second coinage (1604-1619). Mint mark, lis (1604-1605). Obverse: King on horseback facing right, holding sword in right hand. Reverse: Ornate Stewart shield and motto: QVAE DEVS CONIVNXIT NEMO SEPARET ('that which God has joined together let no man separate' - a reference to the union of the thrones of Scotland and England). A good round coin and beautifully struck in every sharp detail, with the tiniest of surface and flan marks. It may have been smoothed in fields a long time ago, but this does not detract from the great detail and eye appeal. Almost mint sate with a pleasing dark tone, this is a major rarity and ranks at the top of the few high quality pieces known. In our opinion nicer than the Slaney collection specimen which fetched £9,200 British Pounds in May 2003, and certainly nicer than any of the four Van Roekel collection James I Second Coinage crowns which were offered in 2001. NGC graded Extremely Fine, Details (Tooled).

This crown was struck during the period 1604-1605 when the small lis mintmark was used on the coinage.

When James VI of Scotland succeeded to the English throne in 1603 upon the death of the popular Queen Elizabeth I, he had already achieved a reputation as a successful ruler as well as a scholar. It was with considerable anticipation then that the English awaited his arrival."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 7, North 2012, S.2582, Dav-3759.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 74: the pre-Long Beach Sale, featuring the Arden Collection, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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