SOM-47B038: Post-medieval coin: 'Gun money' shilling of James II

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Unique ID: SOM-47B038

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An Irish post-medieval copper-alloy 'gun money' shilling of James II (AD 1685-1691), Dublin or Limerick mint, dated December 1689 on coin, Spink 6581K


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


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1689
Date to: Exactly AD 1689

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.6 mm
Weight: 5.2 g
Diameter: 25.6 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 16722

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Milled
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 bust facing left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS . II . DEI . GR[ATIA]
Reverse description: Crown with sceptres in saltire through it, XII above, J to left and R to right, Decr below.
Reverse inscription: 1689 MAG BR FRA ET [HIB] 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: West Somerset (District)
To be known as: Stogumber CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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