Great Britain (1604-05) crown Fr-238

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Goldberg sale 75, lot 3269
Great Britain c1604 crown rev G75-3269.jpg
Sincona sale 54, lot 485
The first specimen was lot 3269 in Goldberg sale 75 (Los Angeles, September 2013), where it sold for $4,887.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Thistle Crown, ND. James I, 1603-1625. Second coinage. Mint mark, Lis (1604-5). Crowned Rose, IR at sides on both sides. Rare. NGC graded MS-63." The second specimen was lot 485 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 800 CHF (about US$952 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"GREAT BRITAIN | Königreich, James I. 1603-1625. Thistle crown o. J. (1605-1606), London. Second coinage, first bust, mintmark: Rose. Gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of Great Britain, James I, 1603-25, undated thistle crown, London mint, second coinage, first bust, rose mintmark. Good very fine.)"
With the accession of James I we drop the "England" as the country name and adopt the current "Great Britain." The thistle crown was only four shillings as opposed to the usual five. It was not issued again after this reign.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.25 g, .917 fine gold, the second specimen 2.01 g.

Catalog reference: S.2627; Fr-238, KM 37.


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  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
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  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Jason Villareal and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 75: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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