Jeff Starck of Coin World is working on an article about emergency coinage. Be on the lookout for it! He sent the following
discussion. Thanks. -Editor
As I wrap up the March World Coins feature about emergency coinage, I was struck at the timeliness for the recent discussion in The
E-Sylum about coins that can be traced to the timeframe in which they were produced.
One obvious candidate is a certain subset of coins known as Irish gun money. The halfcrowns, shillings and sixpences bear the abbreviations of the
month when they were produced. Irish gun money was an emergency issue under James II as he fought to regain the throne. The coins were to be later
redeemed, in order of issuance, after he seized back the throne (which he failed to do).
It is a fascinating area, one discussed at length in multiple references. Here are some images of various dated issues.
To view the complete Heritage lot description, see:
James II, a premium set of copper Gun Money
The Emergency Money story will cover a broader range of issues, but Irish gun money is probably the most fascinating aspect in the article, which
will be published on Feb. 21.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
IRISH GUN MONEY (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n45a35.html)
NUMISMATIC ITEMS DATED BY MONTH (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n46a29.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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