WMID-8A6CE3: WMID-8A6CE3: Post Medieval coin: Irish 'gunmoney' shilling of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: WMID-8A6CE3

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete struck / hammered copper alloy Irish shilling, of James II (AD 1685 to AD 1691), issued as part of the 'Brass Money' or 'Gunmoney' coinage, in December AD 1689 at either the Dublin or Limerick mint.

Diameter:25.10 mm
Thickness: 1.73 mm
Weight: 4.7 g

These were official tokens issued in Ireland when James was attempting to recover the English throne and and were supposed 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
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1689

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.73 mm
Weight: 4.7 g
Diameter: 25.1 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 7th October 2012

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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
Type: Irish: shilling of James II, copper, 'gunmoney' coinage (S 6581-6582)
Obverse description: Laureate and draped bust, facing left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown over sceptres, dividing J R. XII above. 10 (month of issue) below.
Reverse inscription: 1689 MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX
Initial mark: -
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Acton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ6252
Four figure Latitude: 53.06388307
Four figure longitude: -2.568506
1:25K map: SJ6252
1:10K map: SJ65SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst metal detecting on a rally

References cited

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Updated: 9 years ago

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