Great Britain James I 1604-19 (2nd Coinage) Silver Shilling – aFine


James I (ruled 1603-1625) silver shilling, Second Coinage (1604-19), 4th Bust.
Coin is graded ‘About Fine’, with decent detail remaining on portrait but a slightly corroded surface.
Coronet mintmark.
Reference: S2655.

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James I, (born June 19 1566 in Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland—died March 27 1625 in Hertfordshire, England), was king of Scotland (as James VI) from 1567 to 1625, and then the first Stuart king of England from 1603 to 1625. He styled himself “king of Great Britain”.
James I was an advocate of royal absolutism, and his conflicts with an increasingly self-assertive Parliament set the stage for the rebellion against his successor, Charles I.
James was the only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her second husband, Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley.

James became the king of Scotland when he was just 1 year old, so when James succeeded to the English throne upon the death of Elizabeth I (on March 24, 1603), he was already, as he told the English Parliament, “an old and experienced king”. He had a clearly-defined theory of royal government., but unfortunately, neither his experience nor his theory equipped him to solve the new problems facing him – and he lacked the qualities of mind and character to supply the deficiency.

In his later years, James suffered increasingly from arthritis, gout, and kidney stones. He also lost his teeth, and drank heavily. In early 1625, James was plagued by severe attacks of arthritis, gout, and fainting fits, and fell seriously ill in March with tertian ague, and then suffered a stroke. He died at Theobalds House on 27 March during a violent attack of dysentery.

The coin offered here was struck during the Second Coinage, between 1604-1619.
The silver shilling features the portrait of James I (4th bust type), and is graded ‘About Fine’.
Reference: Spink 2655.
Mintmark: Coronet (mm74)


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