ESS-965827: Post Medieval Coin: Gun moeny shilling of James II

Rights Holder: Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: ESS-965827

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

Post Medieval Irish copper alloy 'gun money' shilling of James II (1685-1691 AD), mint unknown (gun money was produced in Dublin and Limerick). Dated 1690 on reverse. Weight: 5.1g. Diameter: 22.94mm.

Gun money was issued by the forces of James II during the Williamite War in Ireland between 1689 and 1691. The token money was made from scrap metal, including old cannon and bells, with the intention of being redeemed for silver once James II had succeeded in recovering the English throne. The token coins were never redeemed as James lost the war.


Identified from notes and photograph. No further information available

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 5.1 g
Diameter: 22.94 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 2012 - Tuesday 10th April 2012

Personal details

This information is restricted for your access level.

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Colchester OEF 6952

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
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 facing left
Obverse inscription: JACOBVS II DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Two sceptres benhind crown. XII above
Reverse inscription: Illegible
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Maldon (District)
To be known as: Tolleshunt

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: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

Similar objects

Find number: IOW-5570DA
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
A complete and worn post-Medieval Irish copper-alloy 'Gun Money' shilling of James II (1685-1691), probably struck at Limerick in 1690. Spink…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: DEV-62B391
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
An Irish 'gun money' shilling of James II, dated 1690 (month unclear). Gun money coins were made issued during the Irish Williamite war of…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: SOM-EA3298
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
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.
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.