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England James I Gold 'Britain' Crown (5 shillings) issued 16

England James I Gold 'Britain' Crown (5 shillings) issued 16
Country: England, Stuart Denomination/metal: Gold CrownDate/mint mark: mm. lis, 1604 - 1605Type Second Coinage, First bust.Ref. no: S 2624Obv. Crowned bust right, IACOBVS D' G' MAG BRIT FRA ET HIB REX. Rev. Crowned Royal Arms 'IR' either side of crown, 'HENRICVS ROSAS REGNA IACOBVS', (Henry united the roses, James the kingdoms).22mm, 2.48g. AEF - Almost Extremely Fine. Strongly and centrally struck.Very pretty and quite scarce little gold 5 shilling piece of James I. They appear not to have minted many of them (as there was already a silver crown) – and certainly they do not turn up as often as some of the larger gold denominations. It is called a 'Britain' crown because this, issued in 1604 or 05, is the first coin to use the term 'Britain' in the legend. Up until this date all English coins referred to England and Scottish coins to Scotland. James enthusiasm for a United Kingdom of Great Britain

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