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Royal (or State) Farthings of James I, Charles I, and the Commonwealth

James I (24 March 1603 - 27 March 1625)

(See also Farthings of James I, Charles I, and the Commonwealth)

The farthings of James I fall into two main categories, the Harington and the Lennox types. Additionally there is one pattern that was struck. The Lennox is divided into the round and oval (for Ireland) types. All in all, the farthings are divided into a total eight types and the subdivisions used by Peck and Spink will be followed here. These are:

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Harington Currency (Copper): (1613-1614)
Spink 2674-2676; Peck 28-54; Montagu 2
O  Crown with 5 jewels on the circlet, crossed scepters through the crown. Scepter-heads extend into the legend and IACO is fully between the heads
IACO D G MAG BRIT
R  Harp with knob ornaments and 7 or 8 strings, crown above with 5 or 9 jewels on the circlet
FRA ET HIB REX
IACO fully between scepter heads
Approximate value in the condition (VF) shown: $50.00
P0054__0 Farthing, Harington of James I
Lennox Round Currency (Copper): (1614-1625)
Spink 2677-2680; Peck 55-111; Montagu 2
O  Crown with 5 or 9 jewels on the circlet, crossed scepters through the crown. Scepter-heads extend to the base of the legend and IACO starts near top center or near the right scepter head
IACO D G MAG BRI (or [BRIT] or [BRITA])
R  Harp with eagle's head or, in a few cases, plain, and 5, 6, or 7 strings, crown above with 5 or 9 jewels on the circlet
FRA ET HIB REX
IACO starts at top center, near the right scepter-head
Approximate value in the condition (EF) shown: $20.00
P0062__0 Farthing, Lennox Round of James I
Lennox Oval Currency (Copper): (1622-1625)
Spink 2681; Peck 112-114; Montagu 2
O  Crown with 5 jewels on the circlet, crossed scepters through the crown. Scepter-handles extend through the legend and legend starts at lower left by left scepter-handle
IACO D G MAG BRI (or [BR])
R  Harp with eagle's head and 6, or 7 strings, crown above with 5 jewels on the circlet
FRA ET HIB REX
Legend on obverse and reverse starts at lower left, near left scepter-handle
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Pattern Pattern (Silver): (Date Unknown)
; Peck 115; Montagu 1
O  Crown above initials I R. To the left an expanded rose with a pellet above and below, to the right a thistle with a pellet above and below. Below the initals is a small rose between two pellets.
I R
R  A crowned portcullis
[No Legend]
Patterns
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