at 400 dots / inch
This coin is an Irish shilling of James I . It is an example of the second type and was issued in about 1604.
The legends are indicative of the issue and are :
Obverse IACOBVS D' G' MAG' BRIT' FRA' ET HIB' REX
Reverse : HENRICVS ROSAS REGNA IACOBVS
The mintmark is a martlet (a small bird) which indicates the year of issue, 1604. The martlet mintmark occurs on the final coins of the first type and on early coins of the second type.
This coin is in Extremely Fine (EF) condition, it is close to its original mint state and has considerable mint lustre remaining in the devices. However like most shillings of this issue the portrait is weak and there is some weakness in the legends most notably at 11 O'clock on the reverse. Despite these faults this is an unusually nice example of a James shilling.
James' Irish shillings are not particularly scarce , however most of the surviving examples are somewhat clipped and often have very weak central designs.
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