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Ireland Limerick (Gun Money) Farthing and Half Penny  1689 to 1691
Ireland Limerick (Gun Money) Farthing and Half Penny 1689 to 1691

Hello Mai -- It sounds like you have a 'Limerick farthing' from Ireland. This is one of several special coins struck during a Civil War in the not-so-united United Kingdom. The coinage was made out of church bells, cannons (hence 'gun money') and basically any worthwhile metal that could be found. The IACOBVS II inscription means King James II of England, known affectionately in Ireland as 'James the be-shitten' after deserting his Irish supporters.

The coin in our picture comes from York Coins in Red Hook, New Jersey, USA, where it sold for about $390 US dollars.

If you have a nice-looking example of this coin, it is best to find a knowledgeable collector or coin dealer for an in-person appraisal. CoinQuest can give only very general guidance, as follows. Data we have seen on this coin varies widely.

worn: $60 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $150
well preserved: $400
fully uncirculated: $800

CoinQuest thanks York Coins for use of their coin photo.

Coin: 13424 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Mai, Fri, 28-Dec-2012 16:49:24 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 19-Oct-2013 01:57:37 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 15-Dec-2014 04:29:28 GMT
Requester description: 1691 A worn copper coin. Front: Head surrounded by the words: Jacobvs II Dei Gratia. Back: Woman with harp surrounded by the words: Hibernia 1691. Unknown
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Comments

Thank you for this helpful response; I will contact a coin dealer soon. Meanwhile I shall continue to use Coinquest for information on my other coins. - Mai Hearne
You're very welcome Mai, and thank you for using the website. - CoinQuest (Todd)

  

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