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James I, King of England, VI of Scotland (1566 - 1625)

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James was offspring of the doomed match between Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley, who was murdered early in 1567 before James was one year old. Mary was forced to abdicate in favour of her son when he was only 13 months, and the infant king took up the Scottish throne. John Knox, Reformation leader, preached the sermon at James' coronation. James' childhood was turbulent, marred by a long and troubled minority which saw a succession of regents as well as civil war. A more positive influence came in the form of George Buchanan, who imparted intellectual curiosity in the young king that was to stay with him for life.

James became the first Stuart king of England in 1603 under the terms of the Treaty of Berwick which he had signed with Elizabeth I in 1586. The Treaty pledged allegiance between the two countries and promised mutual help against invasion, thus protecting England from France. And so James acquiesced to his mother's execution and remained neutral when the Spanish Armada threatened English shores.

As Scottish king he consented to an act of parliament establishing Presbyterianism in Scotland and with support he subdued the Roman Catholic earls. He married Anne of Denmark whom he loved and together they had nine children.

The move to England came with the death of Elizabeth. On arrival he realised that he was considered an alien and his strong opinions about the divine right of kings earned him a reputation for narrow-mindedness and intellectual bullying. His tract Basilicon Doron (meaning 'the kingly gift') was intended as an instruction manual to his eldest son, Prince Henry, should the father die - after all, frequent attempts were made on James' life - but the text was leaked and used as an example of James' dogma.

Yet despite his critics, James is considered a highly successful king. He made it clear that he intended to radically change the Elizabethan church, heralding his cause with the slogan, 'No bishop, no king!' Although this prompted Catholic reaction, such as the failed Gunpowder plot, James was able to make a lasting impression on church history, commissioning a version of the Bible that was to become the standard text for more than 250 years - the King James Bible. His run-ins with Parliament, which led for example to the Addled Parliament in 1614, did not lead to serious rebellion. And in foreign policy he was an arbitrator: he made peace with Spain and aspired to achieve even greater stability throughout Europe, but his efforts were thwarted by Protestant opinion in Britain and Spanish resistance. Further abroad, he reigned over the beginning of Empire and authorized the Evangelistic Grant Charter to settle the Colony of Virginia.

As well as numerous attempts on his life, James I (VI of Scotland) suffered from ill-health and depression after the early death of Prince Henry in 1612. He was particularly distraught at the loss of his beloved wife in 1619. The King himself passed away on March 27th, 1625, and is buried in Westminster

Monster find, rare - 1603 James 1st hammered silver half crown - 1st issue Lis mintmark

34.88mm - 14.79g

 

Gold
1619 -25 James 1st hammered gold Quarter-laurel - 2.24g, 19.46mm 2nd coinage

1605 James 1st hammered gold Thistle- Crown (4 shillings)

1615-16 James 1st hammered silver Britain crown - Tun mintmark

2.46g, 20.03mm

 

Half Penny

 

Tiny 1603 James 1st hammered silver halpenny penny - portcullis type

 

 

 

1605 James 1st hammered silver halfpenny
1605 James 1st hammered silver halfpenny
1605 James 1st hammered silver halfpenny
1603-4 James 1st hammered silver half penny
1603 James 1st hammered silver half penny 1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half penny -Lis mint mark
1613-15 James 1st hammered silver half penny - Trefoil mint mark 1623-4 James 1st hammered silver half penny - Lis mint mark
1613-15 James 1st hammered silver half penny - Cinquefoil mint mark 1613-15 James 1st hammered silver half penny - Cinquefoil mint mark
 
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Penny
Really chrisp 1603-4
James1st hammered silver penny - thistle mintmark 1st coinage
1603-4 James 1st hammered silver penny
1603-4 James 1st hammered silver one pence
1603 James 1st hammered silver penny
1603 -4 James 1st hammered silver penny 1619-25 James 1st hammered silver penny
1619-25 James 1st hammered silver penny - two dots 1604 -19 James 1st hammered silver penny
1604 -19 James 1st hammered silver penny 1603 James 1st hammered silver penny
1603 -4 James 1st hammered silver penny 1603 -4 James 1st hammered silver penny
1613 James 1st hammered silver penny- Trefoil mint mark 1603 James 1st hammered silver penny
1623- 4 James 1st hammered silver penny - Lis mint mark 1603 James 1st hammered silver penny
1603 James 1st hammered silver penny 1603 -4 James 1st hammered silver penny
1611-12 James 1st hammered silver penny - Mullet mint mark 1607-9 James 1st hammered silver penny - Coronet mint mark
Half Groat (2 pence)
1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half groat ( 2 pence)(d)
1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence) 0.90g
1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)
1604- 19 James 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence ) Second coinage
1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)
1605 James 1st Irish hammered silver half groat (2 pence)
James 1st 1604-5 hammered silver half groat (2 pence)
1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half groat ( 2 pence)
1605 James 1st hammered silver half groat ( 2 pence)
1605 James 1st hammered silver half groat ( 2 pence)
1603-4 James 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1613- 15 James 1st hammered silver half groat ( 2 pence ) Cinquefoil mint mark
1618-19 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Plain cross mint mark 2nd coinage
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence)

1604 - 5 James 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence) First coinage Lis mintmark

1.26g, 18.28mm

1603-4 James 1st hammered silver half groat - first issue 0.96g, 16.80mm
1615 -16 James 1st hammered silver half groat - 2nd issue Tun mintmark - 0.69g, 16.17mm
1604-19 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1623-4 James 1st hammered silver half groat - 3rd coinage Lis mintmark
1619-20 hammered silver half groat - spur rowell mintmark 3rd coinage
1607-9 James 1st hammered silver half groat- Coronet mint mark 2nd coinage
1603 -4 James 1st hammered silver half groat - 1st issue
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1607 -9 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1604-19 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1618-19 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Plain cross 2nd coinage
1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1618-19 James 1st hammered silver 2 pence
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1606-7 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1603 James 1st hammered silver hlaf groat
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1630 James 1st hammered silver half groat 1613 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Trefoil mint mark
1607-9 James 1st half groat - Crown mint mark 1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half groat - First coinage Lis mint mark
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat 1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat 1604 -5 James 1st hammered silver half groat - First issue - Lis mint mark
1623- 4 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Lis mint mark 1604 -5 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Lis mint mark
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat 1605-6 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Rose mint mark
1604 -5 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Lis mint mark 1618-19 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1604 James 1st hammered silver half groat 1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1613 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Trefoil mint mark Possible 1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1621-3 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Thistle mint mark 1603- 4 James 1st hammered silver half groat- Thistle mint mark
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat 1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat 1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Lis mint mark 1607-9 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Coronet mint mark
1603-4 James 1st hammerted silver half groat- Thistle mint mark 1606-7 James 1st hammered silver half groat - Escallop mint mark
1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat 1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
1604-5 James 1st hammered silver half groat (2 pence) 1603 James 1st hammered silver half groat
Groat (4 pence)
Irish 1605 James 1st hammered silver groat (4 pence)
6 pence
1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
1605 James 1st hammered silver sixpence(y)
1609 James 1st hammered silver six pence third bust
1604 James 1st hammered silver sixpence(y)
1604 James 1st hammered silver 6 pence
1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence - first bust
1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
1605 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
1604 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence

1603 James 1st hammered silver six pence - 1st issue

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Fixed 1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence

1606 James 1st hammered silver sixpence

1605 James 1st hammered silver sixpence

1605 James 1st hammered silver sixpence qtr
1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
1605 -6 James 1st hammered silver 6 pence
1604 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
   
   
1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence 1604 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
1606 James 1st hammered silver sixpence 1607 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
1606 James 1st hammered silver sixpence 1604 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
1607 James 1st hammered silver sixpence 1604 Jams 1sat hammered silver six pence
1610- 11 Irish James 1st hammered silver sixpence - Bell mint mark 1613 - 15 James 1st hammered silver sixpence - Cinquefoil mint mark
1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence 1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
1603 James 1st hammered silver clipped sixpence 1604 James 1st hammered silver sixpence - Lis mint mark
Irish 1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence 1605 James 1st hammered silver sixpence
Irish 1605 - 5 James 1st 1st hammered silver sixpence - Rose mint mark 1603 James 1st hammered silver sixpence - Thistle mint mark
 
1603-4 James 1st hammered silver hammered silver sixpence - First coinage  
Shilling (12 pence)

1610-11 James 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence)

Bell mint mark 3rd coinage 6th bust- very rare coin as it should have 5th bust with this year and mint mark

5.87g, 32.02mm

1619 -25 James 1st hammered silver shilling ( 12 pence) curly hair bust - 3rd coinage

 

1619-25 James 1st hammered silver shilling (XII pence) 3rd coinage
1606-7 James 1st hammered silver shilling
1603-4 James 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence) - First coinage, Thistle mintmark 5.53g,30.50mm
James 1st 1605 Irish hammered silver shilling
1603-4 James 1st hammered silver shilling

1604-5 James 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence) 2nd bust First coinage

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Rev EXURGAT DEUS DISSIPENTUR INIMICI

1603 James 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence)
1603 James 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence) 1621-3 James 1st hammered silver shilling (12 pence)