Coin - Angel, England, James I, Great Britain, 1607-1609 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 25642

Gold coin; Denomination: Angel
Tower Mint, London
King James I (1603-1625); Second Coinage

An Angel was current at 10 shillings and was made with standard gold (23 carats 3 1/2 grains fine with 1/2 grain of alloy), other gold coins of James I with the same current value were of Crown Gold (22 carats fine with 2 carats of alloy).

This coin has been pierced for use as touch-piece. The king was believed to have the 'God given' power of healing by his touch, particularly of scrofula, a form of tuberculosis of the bones and lymph nodes, commonly known as the King's (or Queen's) Evil. Many miraculous cures were recorded after a formal ceremony at the end of which touch-pieces like this were distributed to those treated. Failures were considered to be due to a lack of faith on the part of the sufferer. The practice began with Edward the Confessor and ended under Queen Anne.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 4.378 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: holed

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Tagged with: tuberculosis
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection, The Tower Mint, 1300-1809
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain - England
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: England
DateEra: 1607-1609 AD
Denomination: Angel
Obverse Description: Archangel St. Michael standing with both feet on a dragon piercing it through the mouth; coin pierced through the head of St. Michael and chipped to edge; around, (mm. coronet) 'IACOBVS D G MAG BRIT FRA ET HI REX'.
Reverse Description: Ship bearing a large shield which is quartered with the joint arms of England and France (1 & 4), Scotland (2) and Ireland (3); mas, bearing top castle, appears from shield and divides I and a rose; around, (mm. coronet) 'A DNO FACTVM EST IST[V]D' (the V removed by the piercing) (translation, This is the Lord's doing).
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Gold
Issued By: King James I, England, Great Britain, 1607-1609
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1607-1609

The Royal Mint was in the Tower of London at the time this coin was struck and is usually referred to as the Tower Mint
  1. [Book], J. North, English Hammered Coinage, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1963, North 2081 Pages
  2. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 2616 Pages

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