James I, third coinage (1619-25), Rose-ryal, 12.2g, king enthroned holding orb and sceptre, back of throne garnished with semee of thistles, portcullis at feet, rich pattern of roses and lis in field, reads MA BRI FRET HIB,
Lot 1157
James I,
third coinage (1619-25), Rose-ryal, 12.2g, king enthroned holding orb and sceptre, back of throne garnished with semee of thistles, portcullis at feet, rich pattern of roses and lis in field, reads MA BRI FRET HIB,
Sold for £ 11,280 (US$ 14,485) inc. premium

Clarendon Part 2

17 Oct 2006, 11:00 BST

London, Knightsbridge

Lot Details
James I, third coinage (1619-25), Rose-ryal, 12.2g, king enthroned holding orb and sceptre, back of throne garnished with semee of thistles, portcullis at feet, rich pattern of roses and lis in field, reads MA BRI FRET HIB, James I, third coinage (1619-25), Rose-ryal, 12.2g, king enthroned holding orb and sceptre, back of throne garnished with semee of thistles, portcullis at feet, rich pattern of roses and lis in field, reads MA BRI FRET HIB,
James I,
third coinage (1619-25), Rose-ryal, 12.2g, king enthroned holding orb and sceptre, back of throne garnished with semee of thistles, portcullis at feet, rich pattern of roses and lis in field, reads MA BRI FRET HIB, R.shield over cross fleury, XXX above within circle decoration with lis, lions and roses, m.m. spur rowel A DNO FACTUM EST ISTUD ET EST MIRA INOC NRIS (Schneider 77; N.2108; S.2632) a very attractive example with a strong and detailed portrait struck on a bold round flan. Possibly better than good very fine with very light indication of creasing.

Footnotes

  • William Holle was Chief-engraver at the Royal Mint, London, appointed on May 29, 1618, he died in the Summer of 1624. Ruding makes no mention of him.
    Mr. Hy. Symonds, Engravers of the Tudor and Stuart Periods, Num. Chron., 1913, 361; Mr. H. A. Grueber, Num. Chron., 1907, p.346, and Miss Farquhar in Vol. VIII (1905), p.273 have contributed valuable information in connection with the work of this Engraver, which proves him to have been a fit successor to the Anthoays. "In the twelve months ending March 31, 1620, he was paid £120 for making twenty six patterns, stamps, and irons for the coining of the newly made gold moneyers; this occupied him for half a year" (Seymonds, p.361).
    Mr. Grueber tells us that Holle was the first engraver of music on copper plates in this country and records a number of his works; he further associates him with the coinage of 1619, which shows variations in the types of the Rose-ryal, Spur-ryal, and Angel and inaugurates new types for the Sovereign, Half and Quarter-laurels on account of the bust of the king being represented with a laurel-crown. Miss Farquhar however is of opinion that the laurel and its parts which are of rough design and uneven workmanship and much resemble the earlier coins of Charles I, should perhaps be attributed to John Gilbert or Edward Green, who were employed as engravers at the Mint in a subordinate capacity.
    At the meeting of May 20th 1908, Royal Numismatic Society, Miss Helen Farquhar read some "notes on William Hole or Holle", who in 1618 was appointed "Head sculptor of the Iron for money in the Tower" and who was generally supposed to have held that post till the appointment of Nicholas Briot in 1633. From the calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, it appears, however, that Holle died in 1624, and was succeeded in his office by John Gilbert and Edward Green. Miss Farquhar suggested that as the laurels, half laurels and quarter laurels issued during the reign of James I are of inferior work to the rose-ryal, spur-royal, and angel, they were executed not by Holle, but by John Gilbert and Edward Green, who worked on into the reign of Charles I. This would account for the similarity of the fabric of the latest coins of James I, and earliest of Charles I.
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