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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 141

The 'Eleutherios' Collection | James I (1603-1625), Third Coinage, Crown, 1621-1623, (m.m.) IACOBVS D : G : MAG : BRIT : FRAN : ET HIB : REX, King on caparisoned horse facing right, sword over shoulder, with plain ground line, rev. (m.m.) QVÆ DEUS CONIVNXIT NEMO SEPARET, square-topped garnished shield, 29.603g [456.84grns], 9h, m.m. thistle (FRC VIII/XIV [not in sale]; Whitley 152 = H H Snellenburg = Norweb 59 = Barr 24* [Unique] same dies; SNC, October 1942, no.16424 = Marshall [Spink, 31 March 2004], 112 [VR]; North 2120; Spink 2664), light graffito behind King with even circulation wear to lightly toned fields, almost fine / good fine, an extremely rare die-pairing, especially as a 'true' and unaltered pyx-mark, one of only three recorded, and unavailable to Cooper


The 'Eleutherios' Collection of English Coins

Michael S Tallent, Stack's, 24 April 2008, lot 36 - "According to the consignor, only one other coin known from this die pairing. Very Good"- $800

DNW 60, 9-10 December 2003, lot 600 - obverse about fine, reverse fine, an extremely rare die-combination - £900

The following sale-room note was added: This cataloguer has seen only one other coin from this pair of dies [Norweb 59]; Cooper never noted a specimen, but believed that one coin from the Lingford collection (lot 58), might have been from the same reverse die.

At the Marshall sale in 2004, a third example surfaced having been off the market since October 1942 with the following observation: "The Thistle mintmark is very rare as a true mintmark on James I third coinage crowns without Welsh plumes. Cooper noted two obverse dies, VIII and IX (the latter from a unique example in the Ashmolean Museum) and two reverse dies, XIV and XV (the former from a then unique example in the Whitley sale, lot 152), BNJ 1970 p.151. Cooper never owned an example of reverse die XIV. The Whitley specimen was re-offered in the Norweb collection, Spink Auction 59, lot 1430. This coin reappeared at auction twice more, once 2007 (Spink 189, 27, June 2007, lot 43 - £2,400); and again in June 2008 (DNW 78, 19 June 2008,. lot 296), but was unsold.

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