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Coin - Halfcrown, George II, Great Britain, 1745 LIMA Numismatics Reg. No: NU 25985

Silver coin; Denomination: Halfcrown
Royal Mint, London
George II (1727-1760)

The word LIMA below the King's bust records that this coin was struck with bullion seized by Admiral Anson during his world voyage (1739-1743) or by other privateers in the Atlantic. The word LIMA was added to the coin at the request of the Bank of England to commemorate the exploits. Much of the Spanish coin captured bore the Lima mint mark.
A hafcrown had a current value of 2 shillings and 6 pence.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 33 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.91 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1745 AD
Denomination: Half Crown
Obverse Description: Old laureate bust of George II facing left wearing armour, with lion's head on shoulder; around, GEORGIUS . II DEI . GRATIA; below, LIMA.
Reverse Description: Four crowned shields arranged to form a cross, England and Scotland impaled, France, Ireland and the Electorate of Brunswick and Luneburg; Star of the Garter at the centre; around, M . B . F . ET . H . REX . F . D . B . ET . L . D . S . R . I . A . T . ET . E . 1745, the date being broken by a crown. (Translation obverse and reverse: George II by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick and Luneburg, Archi-Thesaurius and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire).
Edge Description: In raised lettering, DECVS ET TVTAMEN ANNO REGNI DECIMO NONO.
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King George II, England, Great Britain, 1745
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1745
Expedition Leader: Admiral George Anson
References: Apling, Harry "The Lima coinage of George II", Seaby Coin and Medal Bulletin, March 1970
  1. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 3695 Pages

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