DENO-C89B15: Post-medieval coin: 'gun money' half crown of James II

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Unique ID: DENO-C89B15

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A copper alloy 'gun money' half-crown of James II, dated 1690. These were promisory tokens made from scrap metal (including melted-down gun barrels, hence the name) issued to supporters in Ireland to be exchanged for their value in silver or gold after a Jacobite victory.

The obverse is worn but shows a bust facing left and the legend IACOBVS II / DEI . GRATIA

The reverse, also very worn, shows crossed sceptres behind a crown, with the initials I and R either side. Above are the letters XXX denoting the value (thirty pence, half a crown) and the date 1690. The reverse legand reads [M]AG. [BRI. FR. ET] HIB REX.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 11.7 g
Diameter: 32.3 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E8153

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Half crown
Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Category: Modern
Type: Irish: groat of James II, pewter, emergency 'pewter money' coinage (S 6586)
Obverse description: Bust left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Crossed sceptres behind crown, XXX 1690 above, I R to left and right.
Reverse inscription: [M]AG [BRI. FR. ET] HIB REX
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Derbyshire (County)
District: Amber Valley (District)
Parish or ward: Pentrich (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK3852
Four figure Latitude: 53.06389941
Four figure longitude: -1.43439667
1:25K map: SK3852
1:10K map: SK35SE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

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Recording Institution: DENO
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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