George II silver Half Crown, 1746/5, LIMA
Obverse: Older laureate and draped bust left, LIMA below toothed border surrounding legend: GEORGIUS.II. DEI.GRATIA.
Reverse: Crowned cruciform shields, nine strings to Irish harp, garter star at centre, date either side of top crown, toothed border surrounding latin legend; M.B.F.ET. H.REX. F.D.B. ET.L.D.S.R.I. A.T ET.E.
edge inscribed in raised letters, .DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. ANNO. REGNI. DECIMO. NONO.
Extremely fine with a light tone and mint bloom, showing a superb portrait, a truly handsome example.
S.3695A; Bull 1688; ESC 606.
33 mm in diameter, 15.02 grams.
*The LIMA coins were only minted in 1745-46 using a large hoard of captured silver from the Spanish by Admiral Anson's squadron operating in the Pacific Ocean. The word "LIMA" engraved under the bust is a reference to the fact that the Spanish silver was being shipped from Lima back to mainland Spain when Admiral Anson captured it.
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