WMID-5BDF12: Post Medieval coin: 'Gunmoney' shilling of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: WMID-5BDF12

Object type certainty: Certain
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Post Medieval coin:

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 AD 1689 (month uncertain) at either the Dublin or Limerick mint. Spink 6581.

Diameter: 24.8 mm
Thickness: 2.1 mm
Weight: 6.2 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
Date to: Circa AD 1689

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.1 mm
Weight: 6.2 g
Diameter: 24.8 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Shilling
Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Mint or issue place: London
Type: Irish: shilling of James II, copper, 'gunmoney' coinage (S 6581-6582)
Obverse description: Bare head, laureate, facing right
Obverse inscription: IAC[ ]BVS II[ ]RATIA
Reverse description: Crown over sceptres dividing JR, XII above, month (illegible) below.
Reverse inscription: [ ]BR FRA ET [ ]1689
Initial mark: unclear
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
Parish or ward: Longdon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK0515
Four figure Latitude: 52.73261551
Four figure longitude: -1.92739308
1:25K map: SK0515
1:10K map: SK01NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching with a metal detector

References cited

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

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