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

This Unite was current at 20 shillings (Roman numerals XX behind the King's head)

Obverse Description

Laureate bust of the King facing right; behind, XX; around, (Mm. trefoil) IACOBVS D G MAG BRI FRA ET HI REX (translation: James by the Grace of God King of Great Britain France and Ireland)

Reverse Description

Crowned Royal shield quartered with the arms of England and France in the first and fourth quarters, Scotland and Ireland on a cross fleury; around, FACIAM EOS IN GENTEM UNAM (Mm. trefoil) (translation: I will make them one nation)

Edge Description


More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Spink & Son Ltd., 15 Mar 1976

  • Acknowledgement

    Purchased, Felton Bequest, 1929

  • Date Issued

    1624 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

    34 mm (Outside Diameter), 9.114 g (Weight)

  • Shape


  • References

    [Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 2638B Pages
    [Book] North, J. J. 1963. English Hammered Coinage., North 2114 Pages