James VI (1567-1625) silver Eighth Thistle Merk, (one shilling and eight pence/twenty pence), dated 1601. First year of issue of eighth silver coinage (1601-1604). Obverse: Crowned lion rampant shield with legend: "IACOBVS 6 D G R SCOTORVM ", (James 6 by the grace of God King of Scots). Reverse: Crowned thistle with legend: "REGEM IOVA PROTEGIT 1601", (Jehovah protects the king). Reasonable collectable condition for type with dark tone, see photograph.
Spink No: 5500. Diameter 16.2mm. F. £55.00
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