LVPL-499924: Post-medieval shilling of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: LVPL-499924

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A post-Medieval Irish copper-alloy 'gun money' shilling of James II (1685-1691 AD), dated 1690 on coin and minted in April at Dublin or Limerick. Spink no: 6582D

Obverse: IACOBVS II DI GRATIA; laureate and draped bust left. Reverse: 1690 . MAG . BR . FRA . ET . HIB . REX; Crown with two sceptres crossed behind, in each quarter XII//I/R//MAY: (XII = denomination).

These were official tokens issued in Ireland when James was attempting to recover the English throne and were supposed 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.

Reference: Spink and Son Ltd, 2003. Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands. London : Spink and Son Ltd.

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
Weight: 4.3 g
Diameter: 23 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st September 2017 - Friday 22nd September 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Shilling
Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Type: Irish: shilling of James II, copper, 'gunmoney' coinage (S 6581-6582)
Obverse description: Laureate and draped bust left.
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS II DI GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown with two sceptres crossed behind, in each quarter XII//I/R//MAY:
Reverse inscription: 1690 . MAG . BR . FRA . ET . HIB
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Sefton (Metropolitan District)
District: Sefton (Metropolitan District)
To be known as: Thornton

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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