SWYOR-5EB93B: Post Medieval Coin; Irish gunmoney halfcrown of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: SWYOR-5EB93B

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Post Medieval copper alloy Irish 'gun money' shilling of James II (AD 1685 - 1691), Dublin or Limerick mint, dated May 1690. The coin is 28.2mm in diameter, 1.9mm thick and weighs 7.01g. See Spink (2003) Coin sof Scotland, Ireland and the Islands, number 6580B.

Obverse: IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA; laureate 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: Exactly AD 1690
Date to: Exactly AD 1690

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 7.01 g
Diameter: 28.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 23rd May 2018 - Thursday 23rd August 2018

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 3217

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Half crown
Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Mint or issue place: Dublin City
Type: Irish: halfcrown of James II, copper, 'gunmoney' coinage (S 6579-6580)
Obverse description: Laureate bust left
Obverse inscription: JACOBVS II DEI GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown over crossed sceptre dividing JR; XXX above and May below
Reverse inscription: 1690 MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Rotherham (Metropolitan District)
District: Rotherham (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Wath (Metropolitan District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK4499
Four figure Latitude: 53.48588359
Four figure longitude: -1.33837918
1:25K map: SK4499
1:10K map: SK49NW
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

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 6580B

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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