1746 Half-Crown – George II LIMA


The 1746 Half-Crown - George II LIMA

The Obverse shows a portrait 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 not greatly affected by whether the coin has LIMA or not.

The are some variants and there is a proof version.

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

Images used by permission of M J Hughes Coins.


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1746 ?
Monarch was George II. Prime Minister is Henry Pelham (Whig). Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) occupies Stirling as part of the Jacobite rising. Samuel Johnson is contracted to write 'A Dictionary of the English Language'.
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: Half-Crowns
The half crown was a British coin which was valued at "2/6" (two shilling and sixpence) – 12½ pence in modern currency. It was literally half the value of the Crown.

Half crowns were first issued around 1549 in gold or silver. It was then issued by the majority of Monarchs (plus Oliver Cromwell) all the way through to Elizabeth II. The last standard mintage was in 1967 and the coin was officially demonetised in 1970, one year before full decimalisation. A proof half crown was released in 1970.

The halfcrown was a large coin, from 1816 to it’s final minting having a diameter of 32mm and weight of 14.1g. In pre-decimalised Britain when the Crown was essentially a commemorative coin, the half crown was the largest denomination coin in circulation and had considerable spending power.

Before 1920, half crowns were actual sterling (92.5%) silver. This was reduced to 50% silver and in 1947 no silver at all was used and cupro-nickel became standard.

Half crowns are beautiful coins to collect and due to their long history they are very popular. As pre-1920 coins are 92.5% silver even worn copies will have the intrinsic price of the metal but they are still very affordable to most people.
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 Half-Crowns page on eBay UK

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UK On eBay UK:
1746 George II Halfcrown D, Nono, Lima below bust. EF
1746 George II Halfcrown D, Nono, Lima below bust. EF
£ 665.00
1746 Halfcrown - George II British Silver Coin - Nice
1746 Halfcrown - George II British Silver Coin - Nice
£ 150.00
GEORGE II 1746 HALF CROWN. LIMA
GEORGE II 1746 HALF CROWN. LIMA
£ 450.00
1746 George II 1746 Lima Half Crown Good Very Fine Condition
1746 George II 1746 Lima Half Crown Good Very Fine Condition
£ 175.50
GEORGE II 1746 HALF CROWN. LIMA. 6/5
GEORGE II 1746 HALF CROWN. LIMA. 6/5
£ 250.00
Antique George II Half Crown Lima 1746 Silver Coin
Antique George II Half Crown Lima 1746 Silver Coin
£ 395.00
UK GB HALF CROWN 1746 SILVER LIMA FILLED HOLE B51 #4872
UK GB HALF CROWN 1746 SILVER LIMA FILLED HOLE B51 #4872
£ 48.18
George II Sterling Silver Halfcrown. 1746 Lima, 1746/5 Overdate. ESC1689 R, Rare
George II Sterling Silver Halfcrown. 1746 Lima, 1746/5 Overdate. ESC1689 R, Rare
£ 360.00

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