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WMID-D1A603: Post Medieval Coin: Irish 'Gun Money' Shilling of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: WMID-D1A603

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

Copper alloy, Post Medieval, Irish 'Gun Money' shilling of James II (AD 1685 - AD 1688 (in Ireland AD 1685 - AD 1691), dated September 1689. Spink (2003) page 169 - 170, number 6581DD.

Diameter: 25 mm
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 4.5 g

These were official tokens issued in Ireland when James attempted to recover the English throne and 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.

Ref:
'Coins of Scotland and Ireland and the Islands' Spink, 2003

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: 1.9 mm
Weight: 4.5 g
Diameter: 25 mm

Personal details

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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: Bust facing left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown with trifoliate decoration at the top, crossed sceptres behind crown. J J either side of crown and XII above crown. Coin is dated Sepr 1689
Reverse inscription: REX 16[ ] BR FRA ET HIB
Initial mark: -
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Stoke upon Tern (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ6629
Four figure Latitude: 52.85740937
Four figure longitude: -2.50639618
1:25K map: SJ6629
1:10K map: SJ62NE
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 out using a metal detector

References cited

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Audit data

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

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