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Home > Catalog > |Medieval & Modern Coins| > |Ireland| > WO58743
Ireland, James II, 1685 - 1691; 'Williamite War "Gunmoney"
James II returned from France, where he had fled, to Ireland with plans to recover his throne from his son-in-law and daughter, William and Mary. Short of silver, he issued base metal coins called gunmoney because the metal was in part obtained from old cannons. The coins are marked with the year and month they were issued. James promised that once he was back in power he would call in the coins, one month's worth at a time, and exchange them for proper silver coins. After James was defeated, although officially demonetized, the coins continued to circulate but at a much reduced value based on copper.
WO58743. Bronze half crown, SCBC-SII 6580F, EF, edge flaw, Dublin or Limerick mint, weight 9.407g, maximum diameter 29.2mm, die axis 0o, Jul 1690; obverse IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA (James II by the Grace of God), laureate bust left; reverse MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX (King of Great Britain, France and Ireland) 1690, crown, J - R across field XXX above, JULY below; SOLD










REFERENCES|

Krause C. & Mishler, C. Standard Catalog of World Coins. (Iola, WI, 2010 - )
Spink. Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Man, and Lundy) Pre-Decimal Issues, Standard Catalogue of British Coins. (Cambridge, 2003).
Timmins, P. Gunmoney: The Emergency Coinage of 1689 - 1691 for the Irish Campaign of James II. (Dublin, 2017).

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