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Shilling of James I

The finder of this hammered silver coin asked to remain anonymous. He wanted to know if his find was a coin of James I and if it would be of any value in its present state.

This is a shilling of James I, of a type that was struck during the first coinage, which commenced in 1603 and ended in 1605. It has the second bust of James on the obverse and the mint mark on both sides is a thistle head.

On the obverse the legend stands out quite well but the portrait of James is very weak. The reverse is weak on the top part of the legend and top-left of the shield but this side is otherwise sharply struck.


The amount of wear within the inner circle on the obverse is a real minus point but this James I shilling should still be worth £30 to £40 to a keen collector.

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