Great Britain (1604-05) unite Fr-234

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Sincona sale 54, lot 483
This specimen was lot 483 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 1,600 CHF (about US$1,904 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GREAT BRITAIN | Königreich, James I. 1603-1625. Unite o. J. (1604-1605), London. Münzzeichen Lilie. Gutes sehr schön. Kleiner Schrötlingsriss. (kingdom of Great Britain, James I, 1603-25, undated gold unite, London mint, lys mintmark. Good very fine, Minor flan crack at the edge.)"
This unite of James' second issue was accompanied by a rose ryal (Fr-230), angel, half angel, spur ryal (Fr-231), double crown (Fr-235), crown (Fr-238) and half crown. With the accession of James I we drop "England" as the country name and adopt the current "Great Britain."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 10.02 g.

Catalog reference: S-2618; Fr-234; KM-45; N-2083.


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  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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