1625 King Charles I Hammered Gold Unite Lis
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Group A, first bust: identified by double-arched crown and decorative coronation robes. The king faces left, 'XX' in the space behind his head, all inside a double circle, the outer beaded. Legend, proceeded by Lis mint mark, reads: 'CAROLVS D: G: MAG: BRI FR: ET HI: REX ·'.
Crown type 1, extending to the outer edge. Type 2 shield of royal arms, ornate within linear and beaded border. Legend: 'FLORENT CONCORDIA REGNA'. Mint mark: Lis.
VF - Good full flan with strongly struck legends and details, no real issues Very Fine.
What Are Gold Unites?
Unites were a large English gold coin, first issued in the reign of King James I (ruled 1603 to 1625). Their name speaks to the union of the crowns, brought by James’ accession to the English throne, and his unsuccessful plans to unite the legislatures of his two kingdoms. Initially these coins were valued at 20 Shillings but the value was later increased to 22 Shillings. Unites were minted as part of James’ second coinage (1604-1619) and were reintroduced during the reign of his son, King Charles I. Charles’ Unites were minted at the Tower but also - rarely - by provincial Civil War mints. Production continued during the interregnum period and after the restoration of Charles II. They ceased to be minted as machine milling became standard, replaced with the gold Guinea.
Frequently Asked Questions
Unites were large hammered gold coins first issued in the reign of James I, named for his plans to unite England and Scotland.
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