WAW-6B7DB8: A Post Medieval Shilling of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: WAW-6B7DB8

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Post Medieval copper alloy Irish 'gun money' shilling of James II (England: AD 1685-88, Ireland: AD 1685-91). Issued in AD 1690 possibly in September (Spink 6582). Limerick mint. Spink (2003: 171). Coin is chipped around the edge thus obscuring most of the legend on both faces. 

For a comparable example see PAS record SUR-7C47AA. Here, Maslin (2021) states that shilling such as these were part of the emergency coinage issued by James II as he attempted to recover the English throne during the 17th century Williamite-Jacobite war (AD 1689-91). They were made from scrap or 'base' metal (old cannon, bells, etc.) and were intended as place-holders, to be swapped for silver coins of equivalent value upon his victory. Ultimately James' attempt on the throne was unsuccessful, and as such these coins were never exchanged.

Overall dimensions: 23.5mm in diameter, 1.8mm in thickness and 3.41g in weight. 

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.8 mm
Weight: 3.41 g
Diameter: 23.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 10th October 2019

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Shilling
Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Mint or issue place: Limerick City
Type: Irish: shilling of James II, copper, 'gunmoney' coinage (S 6581-6582)
Obverse description: Laureate head, left.
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS [...] GRA[...]
Reverse description: Double-arched crown over crossed sceptre. J/R either side, Sep below.
Reverse inscription: [...] MAG [...]
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Warwick (District)
Parish or ward: Beausale, Haseley, Honiley and Wroxall (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP2172
Four figure Latitude: 52.34567559
Four figure longitude: -1.693155
1:25K map: SP2172
1:10K map: SP27SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Spink and Son Ltd 2003 Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands London Spink and Son Ltd p. 171 no. 6582

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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