Coronation medal for King James I: 1603
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Coronation medal for King James I. Reverse face of a medal struck for distribution at the King's coronation on July 25 1603, the first time an English royal occasion had been marked in this way. It celebrated James VI of Scotland, son of Mary Queen of Scots, also becoming James I of England. It shows a crowned Lion rampant, holding a beacon and a wheatsheaf: The inscription reads: ECCE PHAOS POPULIQ' SALUS (Behold the beacon and safety of the people).
1603 AD - 1603 AD