James I Second Coinage 5th Bust Unite
James I (1603-25), second coinage (1604-19), Unite, fifth crowned and armoured bust right holding orb and sceptre, beaded circle surrounding, initial mark book on lectern (1616-17), pellet and comma stops on legend, IACOBVS. D. G. MA. BRI. FRA. ET. HI. REX. outer beaded circle surrounding both sides, rev crowned quartered shield of arms, I to left, R to right, beaded circle surrounding, pellet stop legend, .FACIAM. EOS. IN. GENTEM. VNAM., 9.92g (Schneider 29; N.2085; S.2620).
Double struck on reverse with some striations, weakly struck on obverse, fine, good fine and the rarest mark for the reign.
ex Chipping Norton Hoard, Morton and Eden Auction 37, 9th June 2009, lot 42 There were three initial mark book pieces out of a total of 57 unites, this example was slabbed since this sale by PCGS as XF45, but has been released and is interesting to compare this slab grade on a hammered gold coin with the slab grade on a milled silver Halfcrown of Charles II featured later in this list that is ex Lingford Collection, (see BM171).