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WILT-9CA8B2: Post-medieval coin: Shilling of James II

Rights Holder: Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
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COIN

Unique ID: WILT-9CA8B2

Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper alloy, Modern, Irish 'Gun Money' Shilling of James II (AD 1685 - AD1688 (in Ireland AD 1685 - AD 1691), dating to the period AD 1689 - AD 1690. Reverse depicts crossed spears behind a double arched crown, with 'J' to left of crown and 'R' to right. Date and month illegible, but month possibly February based on shape of remaining mark. Spink (2002) page 169 - 170, number 6581.

Diameter: 24.53 mm
Thickness: 1.22 mm
Weight: 4.10 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, 2002

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 1690

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 4.1 g
Diameter: 24.53 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: 4496

Materials and construction

Secondary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Shilling
Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Category: Modern
Type: Irish: shilling of James II, copper, 'gunmoney' coinage (S 6581-6582)
Obverse description: Left facing laureate bust
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown and crossed sceptres flanked by J R XII above Date and month illegible but below the crown the remaining mark suggest F, which would be February.
Reverse inscription: [ ] MAG B A ET HIB REX
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Teffont (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9832
Four figure Latitude: 51.08731112
Four figure longitude: -2.02993243
1:25K map: ST9832
1:10K map: ST93SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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