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Coin - 5 Guineas, George II, Great Britain, 1746 LIMA Numismatics Reg. No: NU 724

Summary:
Gold coin; Denomination: 5 Guineas
Royal Mint, London
George II (1727-1760) First issue

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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 37 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 41.887 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: 1746 AD
Denomination: 5 Guineas
Obverse Description: Old laureate head of George II facing left; below LIMA; around, GEORGIVS . II . DEI . GRATIA .
Reverse Description: Crowned and garnished shield with the royal arms, England and Scotland impaled, France, Ireland and the Electorate of Brunswick and Luneburg; 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 bt the 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: Raised lettering: DECVS ET TVTAMEN ANNO REGNI DECIMO NONO
Shape: round
Material: Gold
Issued By: King George II, London, England, Great Britain, 1746
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1746
Expedition Leader: Admiral George Anson

The gold from which this coin was struck was by Admiral Anson during his world voyage 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 as much of the Spanish coin captured bor the Lima mint mark.
References: Apling, Harry "The Lima coinage of George II", Seaby Coin and Medal Bulletin, March 1970
http://www.mernick.org.uk/lnc/talks/lima.htm
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 3665 Pages

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