1745 SIxpence – George II LIMA


The 1745 SIxpence - George II LIMA

Silver Sixpence from the reign of King George II. Below the bust is 'LIMA'. This indicates the metal came from captured Spanish ships off the coast of the Peruvian city of Lima. The price is only slightly increased by the coin having LIMA on it. SCBC 3710.

The LIMA metal was also used on the 1746 Half-Crown – George II LIMA and the 1745 Shilling – George II LIMA.

The coins can be found with or without LIMA and in the none-LIMA coins there are some 5 over 3 overstrikes.

The Obverse shows a portrait of King George II.

The Reverse shows crowned cruciform shields, Garter star at centre, Legend around with date divided at top.

Image credit: M J Hughes Coins


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
George II (1727-1760)
George II was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 until his death. He was son of George I.

George was the last British monarch to be born outside Great Britain; he was born in Germany. There were a few arguements about various claims to the throne and not all of George's family supported him. George's eldest son Frederick died in 1751 and George was eventually succeeded by his grandson, George III.

The regnal years for George II coins were:
1729:TERTIO; 1731:QVARTO; 1735:OCTAVO; 1738:DVODECIMO; 1741:DECIMO QVARTO; 1746:DECIMO NONO; 1748:VICESIMO SECVNDO; 1753:VICESIMO SEXTO.
General Description: Sixpences

The Sixpence (half a shilling) was a British silver coin that was first minted 1551 and virtually continuously until decimalisation in 1971. They were often known as 'tanners'. They are small coins, the last minted had a diameter of about 19.4 mm.

Specifications:

  • Year Minted: 1551-1970
  • Diameter: 19.41 mm
  • Weight: 2.83g (1816-1970)
  • Edge: Milled
  • Metal: 
    • 1551–1816: Silver
    • 1816–1920: 92.5% Silver
    • 1920–1946: 50% Silver
    • 1947–1970 Cupronickel. Zero Silver

In today's money they are 2½p. It doesn't sound much but at the time it was a weeks pocket money! It was a popular coin when in circulation and is now popular with collectors as it has a long history and many nice specimens can be obtained at affordable prices.

Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the Sixpences page on eBay UK

List of items on:

UK On eBay UK:
1745 LIMA Sixpence Coin King George II Silver Fine
1745 LIMA Sixpence Coin King George II Silver Fine
£ 54.50
1745 Britain Lima George II Sixpence Coin 6P - NGC Uncirculated Details (UNC MS)
1745 Britain Lima George II Sixpence Coin 6P - NGC Uncirculated Details (UNC MS)
£ 279.50
1745 Great Britain 6D 6 Pence Sixpence LIMA S-3710 PCGS XF45 KM# 582.3
1745 Great Britain 6D 6 Pence Sixpence LIMA S-3710 PCGS XF45 KM# 582.3
£ 411.80

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