NARC-E08EA3: NARC-E08EA3 : Shilling : James II

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COIN

Unique ID: NARC-E08EA3

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A complete copper alloy Irish 'Gun Money' Shilling of James II (AD 1685 -1688). Crossed spears behind a double arched crown reverse. AD 1689.

Diameter: 25.71mm, Thickness: 1.64mm, Weight 5.5g

Spink 2003, P 169 - 170, No 6581.

These were official tokens issued in Ireland when James attempted to recover the English throne and were ultimately intended to be exchanged for silver coins of equivalent value. They were made from old cannon, bells and scrap metal. James failed in his attempt and the coins were never exchanged.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1689

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.64 mm
Weight: 5.5 g
Diameter: 25.71 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Shilling
Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Category: Modern
Type: Irish: shilling of James II, copper, 'gunmoney' coinage (S 6581-6582)
Obverse description: Laureate, draped bust left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS II DEI·GRATIA
Reverse description: Crossed spears (saltaire cross) behind a double arched crown J and R flanking crown design
Reverse inscription: [MAG BR] FRA·ET·HIB [REX] 16[89]
Die axis measurement: 1 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Harborough (District)
Parish or ward: Market Harborough-Little Bowden (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP7586
Four figure Latitude: 52.46679857
Four figure longitude: -0.89743366
1:25K map: SP7586
1:10K map: SP78NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Spink and Son Ltd 2015 Coins of Scotland, Ireland, the Islands and Anglo-Gallic Coins London Spink and Son Ltd 169-170 6581

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Recording Institution: NARC
Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago

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