IOW-5570DA: Post-Medieval Coin: Irish 'Gun Money' Shilling of James II

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COIN

Unique ID: IOW-5570DA

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

A complete and worn post-Medieval Irish copper-alloy 'Gun Money' shilling of James II (1685-1691), probably struck at Limerick in 1690. Spink: 6582G.

Obverse: IACOBVS·II·DEI·GRATIA; Laureate bust facing left.

Reverse: 1690·MAG·BR·FRA·ET·HIB·REX; Crown over sceptres dividing JR, XII above, month of issue (June) below.

Diameter: 23.0mm. Weight: 3.79g. DA=12:12.

These coins were issued in Ireland during the Williamite war of 1689 -1691, and were made from recycled metals, including cannon and bells with the notion that they could be redeemed for face value after James had recovered the throne of England, which ultimately never occurred. The date 1690 suggests that this example was probably struck at Limerick.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 3.79 g
Diameter: 23 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-4-17

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Milled
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 facing left
Obverse inscription: IACOBVS·II·DEI·GRATIA
Reverse description: Crown over sceptres dividing JR, XII above, month of issue (June) below
Reverse inscription: 1690·MAG·BR·FRA·ET·HIB·REX
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

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

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