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1602 James VI Quarter Merk Thistle Scotland

1602 James VI Quarter Merk Thistle Scotland Obverse

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A hammered silver Quarter Thistle Merk of James the Sixth of Scotland, dated 1602. The following year, James would succeed to the English throne, creating a union between the crowns of Scotland and England. The two kingdoms remained Sovereign states with distinct coinage for another century. The Scottish ‘full’ Mark was valued at 14 Scottish Shillings at this time with the Quarter Merk worth three Shillings and four Pence. The obverse of this piece features the crowned arms of Scotland with lion rampant, the motif enclosed within a beaded circle which the crown cuts, extending to the edge of the coin. The reverse shows a crowned thistle, the date to the left of the crown. The thistle had been used as a national symbol on Scottish coins since the reign of James III. On this example the thistle is particularly well struck making this an attractive addition to any collection. Spink 5499.
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Eighth coinage. Arms of Scotland: rampant lion in central shield, crown over, breaking beaded circle. Legend around: IACOBVS · D · G · R · SCOTORVM'.


Central two leaved thistle head with crown over, breaking beaded circle. Legend around: 'REGEM : IOVA · PROTEGIT · 1602'.


GVF - A round flan with strong strike to both sides though legend slightly weak, in areas good Very Fine, thistle is the best we’ve seen.


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