Great Britain 1603 6 pence

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 24226
England c1603 sixpence rev H3030-24226.jpg

This specimen was lot 24226 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,645. The catalog description[1] noted, "James I (1603-25) Sixpence 1603, 1st Coinage of 1603-04, 1st Bust, Thistle mm, AU58 NGC, a thoroughly delightful coin with an exceptionally sensitive, lifelike portrait, sharply detailed by the strike, both the king's face and his armored clothing far better defined than on any other piece this cataloguer has encountered, just the faintest rub on the high points, the texture of the silver outstanding, the surfaces nearly perfect, and the patina a sensational, rich golden gray. If ever there was an 'ideal look' to a James I sixpence, this is it." With the accession of James I we drop "England" as the country name and adopt the current "Great Britain."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: S-2647, North-2074 (scarce).


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 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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