Gold coin; Denomination: Unite
Royal Mint, London
James I (1603-1625), Second Coinage

This Unite was current at 20 shillings but was re-valued at 22 shillings in 1612

Obverse Description

Crowned half-length figure of the King facing right wearing decorated armour and holding a sceptre tipped with a lis and orb; around, (Mm. mullet) IACOBVS D G MA BRI FRA ET HIB REX (translation: James by the Grace of God King of Great Britain France and Ireland)

Reverse Description

Crowned and garnished Royal shield quartered with the arms of England and France in the first and fourth quarters, Scotland and Ireland, dividing the letters IR; around, (Mm. mullet) FACIAM EOS IN GENTEM UNAM (translation: I will make them one nation)

Edge Description


More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978

  • Date Issued

    1611-1612 AD

  • Issued By

    King James I, England, Great Britain

  • Mint

    Royal Mint, London
    At the time of striking this coin the Royal Mint was in the Tower of London and is often referred to as the Tower Mint

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  • Classification

    Coins, Great britain, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Overall Dimensions

    37 mm (Outside Diameter), 9.752 g (Weight)

  • Shape


  • References

    Spink 2619 North 2084
    [Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 2619 Pages
    [Book] North, J. J. 1963. English Hammered Coinage., North 2084 Pages