LANCUM-F4D902: Austwick, Yorks.: 'Irish Gunmoney'

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Unique ID: LANCUM-F4D902

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'Irish Gunmoney': Halfcrown of James II (1689 (unfortunately, the surface is too corroded to reveal the month - possibly September (Sept?))

Spink (Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands) 6579

In 1685 James II transferred the unexpired patent for minting halfpence to Sir John Knox, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, and these were issued until 1688. James feld from England to France in that year and the crown was offered to his daughter, Mary and her husband, William of Orange. After drumming up Catholic support on the Continent James landed in Ireland in March 1689 to contyinue the struggle. Having insufficient funds to prosecute th war a plan was devised to issue official base metal token coins which would be exchanged for sterling silver after the war was won, and a nominal month as well as the year of issue was inscribed on them so that they could be redeemed in stages over a period of time. The coins were made of brass or latten from old cannon, bells, and other scrap metal and were called 'Brass Money', though they later became known as 'Gun money' coins.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1689

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 11.41 g
Diameter: 33 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 2005

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Half crown
Ruler/issuer: James I of England
Mint or issue place: Dublin City
Type: Silver halfcrown: James I, 1604-1619 (N 2078)
Obverse description: Laureate and draped bust facing left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown over sceptres dividing JR, XXX above, month of issue below (Sept?)
Reverse inscription: 1689 MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Craven (District)
Parish or ward: Austwick (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SD7668
Four figure Latitude: 54.107317
Four figure longitude: -2.368564
1:25K map: SD7668
1:10K map: SD76NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 16 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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