Stuart coins

On Mr. Deasy's sideboard Stephen sees a "tray of Stuart coins, base treasure of a bog." They are relics of a sorry period in Ireland's history: its invasion in 1688 by King James II of England, who was seeking a Catholic base of power against the Protestant King William who had deposed him. In 1689-90, after securing the allegiance of many Irish nobles, James issued a series of new coins that were minted from base metals like copper and brass and debased the existing Irish currency.

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James II, painted by Peter Lely. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

A 1690 shilling featuring the head of James II and a 1690 crown depicting him on horseback. Source: