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Coin - Halfcrown, George II, Great Britain, 1745 LIMA Numismatics Reg. No: NU 746

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 coins seized in the North Atlantic by British privateers from two French treasure ships sailing from Peru. As the seized coins bore the Lima mintmark, the Bank of England commemorated the seizure by adding the word 'LIMA' to the newly minted British coins.

A halfcrown had a current value of 2 shillings and 6 pence.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.987 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Eugene von Guerard Collection, 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: Halfcrown
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
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
  2. [Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.


Charles Calkins Posted on 15 Nov 2012 7:56 AM
You state that the bullion for the coin was from Anson's voyage, but you reference both the Apling article and lima.htm which state that it was *not* from Anson's voyage, but instead from French ships captured by two privateers in the North Atlantic. You may want to update your text to reflect the true origin of the silver that was used.

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