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By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our next preview for the Stack’s Bowers Galleries January New York International Auction features a stunning numismatic piece merging great beauty and historical importance. Today’s coin is an exquisite gold Spur-Ryal issued by King James. Ascending the Scottish throne at the tender age of 13 months, James would also go on to succeed Elizabeth I to the English throne, effectively making him the first monarch of the “United Kingdom,” though that name would not be adopted until 1800.