Copper token; Denomination: Farthing
Struck by Ludovic, Duke of Lennox
James I (1603-1625)
Struck and issued under patent granted by James I to Ludovic, Duke of Lennox and James, Marquis of Hamilton either in 1614 (North) or 1622 (Grueber). Being an authorised farthing issue they are termed Royal tokens. The James I Royal tokens were the first copper currency in the English series. A farthing is a 1/4 penny coin. A great difference between the value of the metal and the currency value of these tokens led to extensive forgery and to their widespread unpopularity.
Two sceptres crossed behind a crown; around, (mm. triangle) IACO D G MAG BRIT
Harp surmounted by a crown; around, FRA ET HIB REX
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 May 1976
Type of item
16 mm (Outside Diameter), 0.506 g (Weight)
North 2135 Spink 2680
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[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom.
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.