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Coin - Halfcrown, George II, Great Britain, 1746 LIMA Numismatics Reg. No: NU 747

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 National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.691 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Royal Mint, London, McArthur Bequest, 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: 1746 AD
Denomination: Halfcrown
Obverse Description: Old laureate bust of George II facing left wearing armour, with lion's head on shoulder; around, GEORGIVS . 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 . 1746, 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, 1746
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain
Expedition Leader: Admiral George Anson, England, Great Britain

Coin struck with bullion seized by Admiral Anson during his world voyage (1739-1743)
Previous Collection: George McArthur, Maldon, Victoria, Australia
References: Apling, Harry "The Lima coinage of George II", Seaby Coin and Medal Bulletin, March 1970
  1. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
  2. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  3. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 3695A Pages

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