PUBLIC-36C18E: Post-medieval coin: Irish 'gun money' halfcrown of James II (obverse)

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-36C18E

Object type certainty: Certain
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A post-medieval copper-alloy Irish 'gun money' halfcrown of James II (1685-1688), dated July 1690 (on coin) (Seaby 6580). Mint of Dublin or Limerick. Seaby (2003, 169-170).

It measures 28.17 mm in diameter, is 2 mm thick, and weighs 10.03 g. The coin survives in relatively good condition, though the obverse is rather worn

Some parts of the patina have started to flake away leaving a whiteish-grey scar in their place. These are visible particularly at one to two o'clock (seen on the obverse) and six o'clock (on the reverse).


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: In a private collection, recorded for academic use


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 10.03 g
Diameter: 28.17 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 13th February 2017

Personal details

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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 bust facing left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS . II . DEI . GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown with two sceptres crossed behind, in each quarter: XXX / I R / July
Reverse inscription: 1690 [MAG] BR . FRA. ET . HIB. REX .
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Devon (County)
District: East Devon (District)
Parish or ward: Upottery (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST1904
Four figure Latitude: 50.82984652
Four figure longitude: -3.15149466
1:25K map: ST1904
1:10K map: ST10SE
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: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Spink and Son Ltd 2003 Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands London Spink and Son Ltd 169-170 6580

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Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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