Great Britain (1623-24) 1/2 laurel Fr-243
"VEREINIGTES KÖNIGREICH James I, 1603-1625. 1/2 Laurel (10 Shillings) o. J. (1623-1624), London. Münzzeichen Lilie. GOLD. Attraktives Exemplar, sehr schön. (kingdom of Great Britain, James I, 1603-25, undated half laurel, London mint, lily mintmark. Attractive very fine.)"James I, who united England and Scotland, invented the term Great Britain. James's gold coinage comes in a considerable variety, suggesting that he had difficulty establishing a stable currency in the face of rapidly changing bullion values and England's financial weakness. The laurel coinage of the second half of his reign comes in one (Fr-242), half (Fr-243) and quarter laurel (Fr-244), all expensive.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 4.5 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 4,47 g.
Catalog reference: KM 70, Fr-243; Seaby 2641 A.
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