NMGW-F295B5: Post-medieval coin: Irish farthing of James II

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Unique ID: NMGW-F295B5

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A copper alloy post medieval Irish farthing of James II (1685-1691), minted in Limerick in 1691.

Limerick was beseiged by William of Orange's troops in 1690-1691, during the Williamite War. Coins like this were struck over earlier 'gunmoney' shillings, which were official token coins issued by the Jacobites. Gunmoney was intended to be exchanged for sterling silver once the war was won.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1691
Date to: Exactly AD 1691

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 3.44 g
Diameter: 23.9 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2020.58.3

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Farthing (Copper alloy)
Ruler/issuer: James II of England
Mint or issue place: Limerick City
Type: Irish: farthing of James II, copper, Limerick beseiged (S 6595-6596)
Obverse description: Laureate and draped bust left.
Obverse inscription: [IAC]O[BVS] II D[EI GR]ATIA
Reverse description: Hibernia seated left, holding cross. Reversed N in HIBERNIA
Reverse inscription: HIBERNIA 1691
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Neath Port Talbot (Unitary Authority)
District: Neath Port Talbot (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Coedffranc (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SS7195
Four figure Latitude: 51.63896619
Four figure longitude: -3.86554103
1:25K map: SS7195
1:10K map: SS79NW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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