WMID-3566F1: Post Medieval Coin: Irish 'Gun Money' Shilling of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: WMID-3566F1

Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper alloy, Post Medieval, Irish 'Gun Money' Shilling of James II (AD 1685 - AD 1688 (in Ireland AD 1685 - AD 1691), dated November 1689. Reverse depicts crossed spears behind a double arched crown. 9 is depicted between the spears. The obverse shows a castle between pellets underneath the neck of the bust. These are evidence that the coin was minted in November 1689. Spink (2003) page 169 - 170, number 6581J.

Diameter: 24.7 mm
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 5.2 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: Exactly AD 1689
Date to: Exactly AD 1689

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 5.2 g
Diameter: 24.7 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: Laureate Bust facing left. Appears to be a depiction of a castle between pellets underneath the neck of the bust. Pellet stops in legend.
Obverse inscription: IANCOBVS II DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Crossed spears (saltaire cross) behind a double arched crown. Trefoil in the centre of arches and in centre of crown. J and R on either side of spear and crown design. 9 below and XII above. Pellet stops in legend.
Reverse inscription: MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX 1689
Initial mark: none
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

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: Shenstone (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK1001
Four figure Latitude: 52.60669229
Four figure longitude: -1.85376795
1:25K map: SK1001
1:10K map: SK10SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out using a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Audit data

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

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