NARC-97C3C3: NARC-97C3C3 : James II : Half Crown Gun Money

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COIN

Unique ID: NARC-97C3C3

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete copper alloy Half Crown of James II (AD 1685-1688). Gun money. Crown with cross sceptre reverse with value XXX above. Mint of Dublin or Limerick. AD 1690

Diameter: 33.12mm, Thickness: 2.92mm, Weight: 17.1g.

Seaby (2003, 169-170).

Notes:

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 cannons, bells and scrap metal. James failed in his attempt and the coins were never exchanged.

This example was found in deposits most probably from river dredging, its deposition accounts for its condition and patina.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.92 mm
Weight: 17.1 g
Diameter: 33.12 mm

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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 left
Obverse inscription: [I]ACOBVS.II./[DEI.GRATIA]
Reverse description: Crown with cross sceptre with value above, Ornate J and R to either side
Reverse inscription: 1690 MAG.BR.F[RA.ET.HIB.REX.//XXX//???]
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: East Northamptonshire (District)
Parish or ward: Barnwell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL0387
Four figure Latitude: 52.47122789
Four figure longitude: -0.48510235
1:25K map: TL0387
1:10K map: TL08NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Undisturbed grassland

References cited

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Audit data

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

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