BERK-1B97C1: Post-medieval coin: Tin farthing of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: BERK-1B97C1

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete but worn tin farthing of James II dating to AD 1685-1687 (James died in 1688). The tin farthing is complete with the copper alloy plug (although this appears white like lead) still in the centre. The coin is corroded but part of the external inscription edge remains however this is mostly unreadable. The obverse and reverse are clear enough to read most of the inscriptions. Tin farthings were first issued in 1684 under Charles II to help boost the tin industry, with the copper alloy plug intending to discourage forgery but it failed in its purpose (http://www.coins-of-the-uk.co.uk/farth.html). These coins were only issued for a few years and as such are uncommon finds. Spink (2006) No. 3421.

Notes:

This was found with another tin farthing of Charles II (database number BERK-F25E45).

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 1685
Date to: Circa AD 1687

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 5.7 g
Diameter: 21 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2014 - Monday 24th March 2014

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2013.913

Materials and construction

Primary material: Tin or tin alloy
Manufacture method: Milled
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Mint or issue place: London
Category: Modern
Type: Farthing (tin): James II (S 3420 - 3421)
Obverse description: Laureate bust right
Obverse inscription: [JACVB]VS [SEC]VNDVS
Reverse description: Britannia left
Reverse inscription: [BRITAN]-NIA
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: South Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Newington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU6196
Four figure Latitude: 51.65948289
Four figure longitude: -1.11953322
1:25K map: SU6196
1:10K map: SU69NW
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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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