SOM-EA3298: Irish Post Medieval coin: 'gun money' shilling of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: SOM-EA3298

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Irish Post Medieval copper alloy 'gun money' shilling of James II (1685-1691), Dublin or Limerick mint, dated March 1689 AD, 1690 AD, Spink 6581O.

Notes:

The new year, 1690, commenced on March 25th in the contemporary reckoning so as this was issued 1-24th of March it is dated 1689. In the modern reckoning this in 1690.

These were official tokens issued in Ireland when James II was attempting 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
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1690
Date to: Exactly AD 1690

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.3 mm
Weight: 3.8 g
Diameter: 24.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 22nd November 2011

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC reciept 20894

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Type: Irish: shilling of James II, copper, 'gunmoney' coinage (S 6581-6582)
Obverse description: Laureate bust facing left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown with sceptres in saltire through it, XII above, J to left and R to right, Mar below.
Reverse inscription: 1689 MA[G] BR [FRA ET H]IB REX
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Mendip (District)
To be known as: Chewton Mendip

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Updated: 10 years ago

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