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DENO-EE0E8D: Post-medieval coin: Gun Money shilling of James II

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Unique ID: DENO-EE0E8D

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper alloy 'Gun Money' shilling of James II. These coins were issued in Ireland during the Williamite war of 1689 -1691, and were made from recycled metals, with the notion that they could be redeemed for face value after a Jacobite victory.

This coin bears the date 1690 on the reverse, and the month 'June' beneath the crown. This late date suggests it was struck at the Limerick mint.

Obverse shows a laurate bust left, with the legend IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA

Reverse shows crown over crossed scepters between initials J R. Above the crown is the value XII, above that 1690, below the crown 'June' The legend reads MAG. 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: 6.33 g
Diameter: 22 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2016 - Sunday 31st January 2016

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E8318

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
Mint or issue place: Limerick City
Category: Modern
Type: Irish: shilling of James II, copper, 'gunmoney' coinage (S 6581-6582)
Obverse description: laureate bust left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown over crossed sceptres. value XII above crown, 'June' below. Initials JR either side.
Reverse inscription: 1690 MAG. BRI. FR. ET HIB. REX
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Rushcliffe (District)
Parish or ward: Langar cum Barnstone (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK7335
Four figure Latitude: 52.90748353
Four figure longitude: -0.91601822
1:25K map: SK7335
1:10K map: SK73NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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

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