James I Coins

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Scarce Sixpences of James I

For the sixpences of James I, the years in the teens are very scarce. 1609 would be included in this group as well. Adding to the interest of the 1611 Sixpence, perhaps the most popular year of James' sixpences, is that is the year of the commission of the King James version of the Bible.
Some books list 1615 as the last year of the sixpences in the teens, but I believe I saw a low grade, holed 1616 Sixpence offered on eBay a couple of years ago. Can anyone substantiate this? If you have a scan of one you could send me, please email to beeker1@english-hammered-coins.com.
Some of the above dates mentioned are available at Beeker1 Coins

Friday, April 29, 2005

Amazing sixpences up for auction

One of the extremely high grade coins offered by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles Inc. is this choice AU 1603 Sixpence of James I. There are several other choice silver coins as well as gold featured in the "Cheshire Collection of British Coins" up for auction starting the end of May 2005. I will post other pictures later.

Monday, November 29, 2004

The Sixpences of King James I

There are many coins of interest in the reign of King James I. First of note is the fact that the Sixpences are the only coins of his reign to bear a date, so for collectors to get a coin reflecting a certain event, the Sixpence is what is looked for.
New Englanders tend to favor the 1607 dated sixpence for its historical ties to that region. The 1607 Sixpence is a fairly common date, and shouldn't take too long to locate a reasonable example.
One of the major incidents in James' reign was the 1605 gunpowder plot, hence that date is semi looked for by collectors as well. The 1605 sixpence is more common than the 1607, and there are two styles, or busts minted on the coins of that year.
The most sought after date from this reign for historical purposes is 1611. That is the year the King James version of the Bible was commissioned. Like any of the sixpences minted in the teens, this date is quite scarce and fairly expensive in collectable condition. I have watched for these for the last few years and have only seen three offered, all in the last year. One of these can be found at Beeker1's English Hammered Coins website.