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1612-1613 James I Double Crown Tower

1612-1613 James I Double Crown Tower Obverse

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Gold James I second coinage Double-crown with tower mint mark (1612-1613). Obverse: crowned fifth bust of the King, facing right with longer, brushed back hair, facing right, enclosed within a beaded circle. Legend reads: 'IACOBVS . D . G ; MAG ; BRIT ; FRA ; ET . HIB ; REX'. Tower mint mark (1612-1613) with dot either side. Reverse: square topped shield of royal arms, surmounted by a large crown which extends through a beaded circle, its cross nearly brushing the edge of the coin. 'I' to left and 'R' to right. Mint mark: tower. Legend: 'HENRICVS · ROSAS · REGNA · IACOBVS'. The Latin translates to 'Henry united the rose, James the kingdoms' - a legend only used during this reign. When James VI of Scotland acceded to the English throne in 1603 as James I he brought about a union of the two nation's crowns. James' personal union is compared to the end of the Wars of the Roses, effectively brought about by Henry VII's victory at the Battle of Bosworth Field and his subsequent marriage to Elizabeth of York, uniting the rival Lancastrian and Yorkist factions beneath the symbol of the Tudor rose. Double Crowns are a fairly rare denomination, struck sporadically through the first half of the 17th century and also known as Half Unites. This example weighs 4.96 grams and has an approximate diameter of 28.3 millimetres. Grade: EF - Full flan with excellent details all round, Extremely Fine and nice example. S 2623, North 2088.
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Obverse

Fifth crowned bust of King James VI and I, facing right. Mint mark: tower. Legend: 'IACOBVS . D . G ; MAG ; BRIT ; FRA ; ET . HIB ; REX'.

Reverse

Square-topped shield of royal arms, surmounted by a crown, 'IR' to either side. Mint mark: tower. Legend: 'HENRICVS · ROSAS · REGNA · IACOBVS'.

Specification

Hammered gold coin. Weight: 4.96 grams. Diameter (approx.): 28.3 millimetres.

Grade

EF - Full flan with excellent details all round, Extremely Fine and nice example.

What does Henricvs Rosas Regna Iacobvs mean?

'Henricus Rosas Regna Iacobus' is a Latin phrase that translates to 'Henry united the rose, James the kingdoms'. This phrase appears as a legend on several gold and silver coins issued during the reign of Stuart King James VI and I who acceded to the English throne in 1603. His succession resulted in a personal union of the crowns of England and Scotland though James sought a more comprehensive political union. The idea of uniting the rose alludes to the role of King Henry VII in ending the Wars of the Roses. The badge of his house - the House of Tudor - combined the white rose of the House of York and the red rose of the House of Lancaster: the two factions that had brought decades of civil conflict to England in the 1400s.

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