James I, 1603-1625, Gold Sovereign (First Coinage 1603-4)
KM-20, S-2608, 10.94 grams, 39mm. Thistle mintmark. First coinage, bust right with plain armor, holding scepter in right hand, orb in left, IACOBVS.D.G.ANG.SCO.FRAN.ET.HIB.REX., reverse: crowned square garnished shield with I R at sides, thistle mintmark, EXVRGAT.DEVS.DISSIPFNTVR.INIMICI (Let God Arise and Let His Enemies be Scattered). An exceptional piece, very rare in any condition, but as a Mint State example, extremely rare! Smooth, lustrous surfaces with satin luster and a virtual absence of marks and distractions. Well centered on a soft, green-gold flan with minor striking weakness at selected peripheral areas. Any "First Design" James I gold coinage is very rare and seldom offered at public sale. Specialists will pay close attention as this lot crosses the block.
Provenance: Ex: Nunn, O'Hagen, Sir John Evans, and Lockett Brilliant Uncirculated