2022 British Monarchs James I One Ounce Gold Proof Coin
James the First 1oz gold proof coin from the new British Monarch series.
British Monarchs Series
British coinage provides a fascinating insight into the reigns of the nation’s monarchs, documenting developments in politics, art and technology across the centuries. The Royal Mint are celebrating this rich legacy with a new series focusing on the royals whose faces have graced our currency.
Billed as a five-year series, the British Monarchs collection will feature 21 Kings and Queens, starting with Tudor dynasty.
The first released featured King Henry VII with the second starring James I, the first of the Stuarts. He was already King of Scotland when he acceded to the English throne in 1603, following the death of Queen Elizabeth I. The hammered coinage James I issued included a range of new gold coins including the Laurel and the Unite, the latter named to celebrate the union of the two crowns that James brought about.
Coins of James the First
The reverse of this new Royal Mint coin is inspired by the Unites struck during James I reign which featured a remarkable half-length portrait of the monarch, wearing a crown and armour and holding an orb and sceptre. This image has been carefully refined and recreated by the Mint's design team using modern minting technology. The legend reads: 'IACOBVS·D:G:MAG:BRIT:FRAN:ETC·HIB:REX·'.
This is paired with the current official coinage portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark, in use on British money since 2015. The obverse bears the inscription 'ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 100 POUNDS · 2022 ·'.
One Ounce Gold Coin
Struck in 31.21 grams of 999.9 fine gold, this 2022 coin has a face value of £100 / Two Hundred Pounds and a diameter of 32.69 millimetres. It's finished to proof standard and features a milled edge.
This remastered James I coin comes from a limited edition presentation of just 100 pieces.
These one ounce coins are offered in their original packaging from The Royal Mint which consists of a wooden display box in which the coin is presented in a capsule. Also included: a detailed information booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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