- Both the finest graded by both major grading companies, and finest known first type sovereign of James I, as well as being the Standard Catalogue plate coin for the issue.
- The only example in existence featuring fully struck armour details.
- Featured in two prestigious collections with a provenance of over 70 years.
NGC Mint State 62. Astounding. An extraordinary example with full lustre, details unusually well struck and an extremely pleasing tone. Very rare. Single finest graded by both major grading companies. Finest known.
Half-length, armour-clad figure right, holding orb and sceptre, within beaded circle; thistle mint mark above right; · IACOBVS · D: G: ANG: SCO: FRAN: ET · HIB: REX · [James, by the grace of God, King of England, Scotland and Ireland].
Crowned, quartered shield of arms, with I [IACOBVS] left and R [REX] right; thistle mint mark above right; · EXVRGAT · DEV · DEVS · DISSIPENTR · INIMICI · [May God rise up and disperse his enemies].
ex. Slaney Collection, SPINK 3024, lot 9, 15th May 2003.
ex. Dr E.C. Carter Collection, Baldwin & Sons, purchased en bloc, 1950.