This is an original gold Touchpiece of King James II, dating from 1685 - 1688 AD. Another in the Royal Collection Trust can be viewed here RCIN 443158. What we can be certain of is that King James II would have personally touched this gold coin as he performed the healing ceremony. From 1665 these medalets were specifically made for the 'Touching' ceremony and officially pierced and presented on a white ribbon. Its nice in having some wear, demonstrating the recipient wore it and cherished it as a healing pendant and talisman. Further information on these 'Touchpieces' can be read at the Royal College of Physicians website "Touching for ‘the King’s evil’: a short history" A nice historic object in excellent condition.
CULTURE: Stuart Britain
MONARCH: King James II
DATE: 1685 - 1688 AD
SIZE: 19mm diameter
WEIGHT: 2.08 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in the Michael Gietzelt Collection of Scottish Coins
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