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Unique ID: SUR-E407AC

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A complete copper alloy "gun money" Half Crown of James II (AD 1685-1688) dated 1690. Crown with cross sceptre reverse with value XXX above and month of minting, possibly July, below. As Spink 6580.


These coins were issued in Ireland during the Williamite war of 1689 -1691, and were made from recycled metals, including cannon and bells with the notion that they could be redeemed for face value after James had recovered the throne of England, which ultimately never occurred. The date 1690 suggests that this example was probably struck at Limerick.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1690
Date to: Circa AD 1690

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.2 mm
Weight: 8.08 g
Diameter: 29.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 11th April 2021

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Milled
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Half crown
Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Mint or issue place: Limerick City
Type: Irish: halfcrown of James II, copper, 'gunmoney' coinage (S 6579-6580)
Obverse description: Laureate bust facing left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS·II·DEI·GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown over sceptres dividing JR, XXX above, month of issue (June) below
Reverse inscription: 1690·MAG·BR·FRA·ET·HIB·REX
Die axis measurement: 11 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Surrey (County)
District: Mole Valley (District)
Parish or ward: Betchworth (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ2047
Four figure Latitude: 51.2096091
Four figure longitude: -0.28348281
1:25K map: TQ2047
1:10K map: TQ24NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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