1604 King James of England & Scotland Silver Shilling with Thistle Necklace | Artifact #3927

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Dated 1604, with a great shield  of King James, survivor of a fascinating era...

King James I of England, and VI of Scotland ruled at an extraordinary time. The founder of the Stuart dynasty, upon the death of Queen Elizabeth I, the King of the Scots found himself ruling a now "united" kingdom of Scotland and England

But of course, while some of us may be a bit "fuzzy" on the details of James' tumultuous reign, he is a household name for many as the commissioner of the King James version of the Holy Bible - the standard bible for Christians the world over to this day.

James was the only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. Both Mary and Darnley were great-grandchildren of Henry VII of England through Margaret Tudor, the older sister of Henry VIII.  These coins were minted throughout James' reign, and prominent feature the symbols of both Scotland and England.

This coin comes with 7 pages of detailed documentation. See below for more details.


Your James I Silver Penny

  • Date: 1604
  • Denomination: Shilling
  • Mint Mark: Thistle
  • Mint: Tower, London 
  • Coin Obverse: King James Portrait
  • Coin Reverse: Royal shield, and Latin legend: QUAE DEVS CONIVNXIT NEMO SEPARET "What God hath joined together let no man put asunder"
  • Coin Metal: Sterling Silver
  • Bezel Metal: 14K Gold and Proprietary Non-Tarnishing Sterling Silver
  • Articulating Bail Interior Diameter: Will accommodate a chain or leather necklace up to 5.8mm
  • Metalsmith: Robert Lewis Knecht
  • Size: 1 3/8" Across, 1 3/4" Tall (the diameter of a 50 cent piece - perfect pendant size)

Robert's Notes: Considering its age, this has a beautiful shield and visible Thistle Mint Mark. This coin was minted the year the translation and writing of the King James Version of the Bible began. Shakespeare was 40 years old.

Due to "clipping," master of the Royal Mint, Sir. Issac Newton, ordered hand-hammered coins like this one to be recalled, melted, and re-minted using a new screw press that put edges on the coins, similar to the edges on the coins in your pocket. Had this coin not been lost before 1696, we would not be able to enjoy it now.

This coin is part of our friend Mike's collection. He has been metal detecting in England for over 25 years. He sold us these, so his wife would let him buy the latest metal detector. 

 Your Stuart Treasure Coin Necklace Comes Complete with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A 3-page, full color, detailed photo Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by April A. Knecht
  3. Britain's First Coins Historic Brief
  4. The Creation of the Medieval Long Cross Pennies Historic Brief
  5. Coin Clipping, High Treason, a Tax on Windows and a Man Named Newton Historic Brief
  6. A Gift Box
  7. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card

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