A Die Study of James I Shillings – Third Issue, Sixth Bust, mm Trefoil – Gary Oddie

The three previous notes in this series have presented die studies for the third issue shillings with mintmarks Rose, Thistle and Lis. This note will finish off the third issue with a die study of the shillings with a trefoil mintmark. A total of 63 specimens have been noted from 36 obverse and 47 reverse dies and a statistical analysis suggests that as many again are yet to be discovered. 

As the last mintmark of the reign, the trefoil continued to be used for a few months into the reign of Charles I and two Pyx trails were carried out on 7 July 1625, the first for coins struck whilst James I was alive and the second for posthumous issues. This note also identifies a group of dies that might be associated with the posthumous issues. 

Extrapolating from the Rose, Thistle and Trefoil data allows an estimate to be made of the amount of silver at the previous Trial of the Pyx for coins bearing the mm Lis, a number that is absent from contemporary records.

2 thoughts on “A Die Study of James I Shillings – Third Issue, Sixth Bust, mm Trefoil – Gary Oddie

  1. GaryI have a James I shilling 3rd issue, 6th bust, trefoil mm with an obverse die that’s not in your die study.   I haven’t checked the reverse die at this time. I attached photos of my coin and my obverse type study.

    • Many thanks for your message. The images didn’t come through, please could you send them to me directly at goddie1@hotmail.co.uk ? I am not surprised that there are dies missing from my study. From the statistics I estimate that I am maybe only half way there, but it’s a start. I am accumulating pictures for a future supplement to each note published so far.

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