LANCUM-DA7E15: Post-medieval coin: Copper 'gunmoney' shilling of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: LANCUM-DA7E15

Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper alloy late 17th-century Irish copper-alloy 'gun money shilling' of James II, Dublin or Limerick mint, dated May 1690.

Obverse: [IACO]BVS DEI GRATIA; laureate and draped bust left.

Reverse: [1690 MAG ]BR FRA ET HIB [REX] Crown over sceptres dividing JR, XXX above, May below.

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

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1690
Date to: Circa AD 1690

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.53 mm
Weight: 2.65 g
Diameter: 23.33 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 5th March 2016

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
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: laureate and draped bust left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown over sceptres dividing JR, XXX above, May below.
Reverse inscription: 1689 MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX
Initial mark: illegible
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cumbria (County)
District: Allerdale (District)
To be known as: Papcastle

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Audit data

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

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