WMID-27CE9D: Post Medieval coin: Complete Irish 'gunmoney' halfcrown of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: WMID-27CE9D

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete copper alloy Irish half crown 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, p168, no 6579.

Diameter: 32.4 mm
Thickness: 2.4 mm
Weight: 12.9 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: Exactly AD 1689
Date to: Exactly AD 1689

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.4 mm
Weight: 12.9 g
Diameter: 32.4 mm

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Half crown
Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Type: Irish: halfcrown of James II, copper, 'gunmoney' coinage (S 6579-6580)
Obverse description: Laureate and draped bust right
Obverse inscription: [ ]DEI [ ]
Reverse description: Crown over sceptres dividing J R, XXX above and month of issue (unclear) below)
Reverse inscription: MAG BR[ ]EX 1689
Initial mark: -
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

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: Sutton upon Tern (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ6531
Four figure Latitude: 52.87532307
Four figure longitude: -2.5214627
1:25K map: SJ6531
1:10K map: SJ63SE
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 metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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