Silver coin; Denomination: Shilling
Tower Mint, London
King James I (1603-1625)

A shilling is a 12 pence coin

Obverse Description

Within an inner beaded circle, a crowned bust of the King facing right; behind, the Roman numeral XII; around, (mm thistle) IACOBVS D G ANG SCO FRA ET HIB REX (due to clipping only the base of some letters can be seen)

Reverse Description

Within a beaded circle a square topped shield quartered with the combined arms of England and France (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3); around, (mm. thistle) EXVRGAT DEVS DISSIPENTVR INIMICI (translation, Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered).

Edge Description


More Information

  • Collection Names

    McArthur Bequest

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), George McArthur, 15 Mar 1976

  • Date Issued

    1603-1604 AD

  • Issued By

    King James I, England, Great Britain

  • Mint

    Royal Mint, London
    The Royal Mint was in the Tower of London at the time this coin was struck and is usually referred to as the Tower Mint

  • Previous Collection

  • Denomination

    1 Shilling

  • Series


  • Material


  • Axis


  • Classification

    Coins, Great britain, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    29 mm (Outside Diameter), 4.75 g (Weight)
    some clipping

  • Shape


  • References

    [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
    [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
    [Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 2646 Pages
    [Book] North, J. J. 1963. English Hammered Coinage., North 2073 Pages