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    James VI (1567-1625) gold Sword & Sceptre 1603/2, S-5460, 8th Coinage, crisply struck and Choice XF+ with excellent, well-set gold color and much residual luster beneath the tone. Superior flan. Details as shown in our illustrations. Few exist so fine, and thus the present lot offers an exceptional opportunity to acquire a coin of historical moment. Only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, by Lord Darnley (Henry Stewart), James led a fearful early life which he later escaped by turning to scholarly pursuits. His mother probably contributed to the plot against his father, who was killed by explosion when James was only two years old; she was sent to prison for this, as well as being accused of treason; she was executed for refusing to relent, at Fotheringhay Castle when James was 20. His earliest gold coins were minted in his name without any awareness on his part of their existence, but this piece came into being in the year that he succeeded to the crown of England, and as such it would seem to have special appeal. The sword's image would soon disappear from James's coins as he learned to fear sharp points after narrowly escaping death by sword in an attempted coup on his reign at a hunting lodge. This coin's charm, and super-clear detail, are undeniable. Here indeed is a precious memento from this curious reign which produced a history of sport from the king's own hand and a wonderful English version of the Bible for the world's Christians, which has endured for centuries because of its brilliant language.

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    September, 2007
    27th-28th Thursday-Friday
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