James I, Stuart King 1603-1625
London. Third coinage of 1619-1625. Spur-rowel mintmark. Crowned facing lion grasping royal shield before him with his left paw, and holding high a scepter with his right paw; reverse, a rose over a sunburst (spur-rowel) at the center of the royal cross composed of 8 tressures, each over top of a royal emblem. Very rare.
A fabulous example of one of the most beautiful of all English coins, glowing with luster and boldly struck on a full broad flan, the lion-king’s face immaculate, the royal shield almost fully detailed, the legends fully impressed with every letter sharp, and the gold color splendid. Among the finest known examples.