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Sixpence of James I

This is the second coin sent in this week by Colin Pearson. The first dated from the medieval period but this one is post medieval.

The coin is a rather nice sixpence of James I. It is dated 1603 on the reverse and it has the first bust of James I on the obverse. The mint mark on both sides is a small thistle and it was issued during the first coinage.


Quite a high number of James I sixpences have turned up as detecting finds but most are not in good condition. The obverse on this example would grade near VF and the reverse VF+ but struck off centre.

The coin is in well above average condition for a James I sixpence and those dated 1603 with the first bust on the obverse are very scarce indeed. I’d price this example at £350 to £400.

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