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Silver Small Gunmoney Shilling May 1690

ID Number: 5610
Category: Irish Coins 1600 - 1823
Catalogue Number: W.19/15; S.6582DDD; KM.100a.
Grade: about mint state
Weight: 4.44 g., 23 mm.
Date: May 1690
Denomination: Small Silver Gunmoney Shilling
Ruler: James II, 1685-1691
Price: $5500. sold
Additional Details
James II 1685-1691, Irish Gunmoney Small Shilling 1690 May in Silver.  S.6582DDD; KM.100a., Withers 19/15;  4.44g., 23 mm., script May., Edge slant grained rt., Medal orientation.  Laureate Head of James II l.  Legend reads clockwise inward around beginning at bottom l., IACOBVS . II .   DEI . GRATIA.  Rev. XII, for 12 pennies, over crowned sceptres, dividing  J   R to sides.  Date 1690 above all.  Script May below in field.  Around, beginning at top right clockwise, reading inward, . MAG . BR . FRA . ET . HIB . REX.

At 4.44 g., this is over half a gram heavier than Mr. Pittman's identical die silver proof small silver shilling of May 1690, which weighed 3.83 g.  The Pittman piece,  I graded about mint state, and in comparing the 2 coins, I like this one ever so slightly for grade, and much better for weight.  The Pittman coin I sold for $3900, some 22 years ago.

Close to
mint state with underlying luster.  Withers notes 11 known of this die pairing, in silver, including this,  and one known in gold.  No brass strikings known of this coin.  Rare.  $5500.

Obverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
Reverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
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