James I Gold Half-Laurel of Ten Shillings, third coinage (1619-25)

Obverse - Fourth laureate and draped bust left, straight ties at rear of bust, value behind, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding on both sides, initial mark lis (1623-24) on obverse only

Reverse - Long cross fourchee over crowned quartered shield of arms, no punctuation

Weight 4.46g

Toned, reverse rim nick and trace of light crease on obverse, otherwise good very fine, very rare with mint mark on obverse only.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "James by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland" and on the reverse as "Henry united the Roses, James the Kingdoms," a legend that is exclusive to this reign.

 

The lis mint mark on obverse only is a very rare variety, and a gap can be seen where it would normally appear on the reverse legend after REGNA, this variety is not represented in Schneider.

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