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Sixpence of James I

This very recent find came in from Glyn Peak, who asked me to let him have a valuation on it.

Glyn’s find is a sixpence of James I. It was struck during the second coinage, it has mint mark fleur de lis on both sides and is dated 1604 on the reverse. In the Standard Catalogue sixpences of this type are listed as number 2657.


The obverse would grade only Fair and there is some edge loss; the reverse is slightly better. I’m now old enough to remember when a coin like this could be bought for 5 shillings (25p). However, over the years prices have risen. This coin certainly isn’t in good condition but today it could sell for £15 – £20.

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