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James I, second Irish coinage, Sixpence.

 
 
 
 
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Really nice example of this coin. From my own collection.

James I, second Irish coinage, Sixpence.
No date, but the mint mark: Rose denotes the year 1605-06.
Struck at the Tower Mint, London.
Obverse:
Crowned first bust of James I, facing right
The third bust can be quickly identified via the ‘decorated shoulder’
 Legend:
 IACOBVS D G MAG BRIT FRA ET HIB REX
 Translation from truncated Latin:
  James by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland
Reverse:
Crowned harp
Legend:
 TVEATVR VNITA DEVS
 Translation from Latin:
 God protect the Union
James' second Irish issue is distinguished by the change in the obverse legend. These carry the title 'James King of Great Britain, France and Ireland' - the effective change being that England and Scotland are no longer represented separately but are named as 'Great Britain'. The act of union formally uniting the two kingdoms didn't occur until a century later in 1707.
Unlike the shilling the sixpence continues the use of a single bust across both issues.
The mintmarks on the coin continue the earlier sequence.
The martlet (small bird) was in use for both the first and second issues.
1604-5 Martlet (small bird)
1605-6 Rose
1606-7 Escallop (shell)
Comes with coin envelope from my collection
Price: 320 GBP

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