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England, James I silver halfpence

Origin: England, London
Diameter: 11 mm
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2010-21
Label:In 17th century England, even the lowest denomination was made from silver, resulting in this tiny, pea-sized piece, the smallest coin in Colonial Williamsburg's collection. Certainly easy to lose, archaeologists recovered a lost specimen during recent excavations at Jamestown.

Jamestown's royal namesake wore two crowns, that of King James I of England and King James VI of Scotland. Only struck during his reign, one side bears the English rose while the other carries the Scottish thistle, in allusion to the dual monarchy.