JAMES II (1685-88)

After Charles II died in 1685, without any legitimate offspring, his brother James II became King of England and Ireland as James II, and King of Scotland as James VII, until he was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. He was the last Catholic monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland and his reign is now remembered primarily for struggles over religious tolerance. However, it also involved the principles of absolutism and the divine right of kings, and his deposition ended a century of political and civil strife by confirming the primacy of Parliament over the Crown. (Wikipedia article).

The coinage of James II was struck in the same denominations and weights as the milled coins of his predecessor.  The gold coins may be found with or without an elephant and castle mintmark.  The siver penny was a new design.  For the smallest denominations halfpence and farthings were issued in tin, with a copper plug, however the majority of surviving examples are in poor condition.

BNJ References.

Anglo-Irish Issues



  Issue    Denominations     Spink #   
   Gold   Five, two, one and half guinea.     3396 - 3405  
  Silver      Crown, halfcrown, shilling, 6d, 4d, 2d, 1d.  Also Maundy money.       3406 - 3418  
  Tin   Halfpennies & farthings.     3419 - 3421