Spain, during the reign of King George
II was the wealthiest nation in the
world. This came about because of the
silver and gold that it was taking out of
South America. Of course, that precious metal had to make it from South America to
Spain. There were many pirates who plundered the Spanish ships, taking the precious
silver and gold away from the Spanish.
In 1745 and 1746 the British Government decided to tweak the noise of the Spanish.
Not only did they steal silver from them, but the British then decided to strike coins
proclaiming what they had done. So they issued a silver Halfcrown with the word
Lima below the King’s bust to tell everyone where the silver came from. A great way
to make friends.
These Halfcrowns of King George II are dated 1745 or 1746; they are in Fine condition
and have ‘Lima’ below the King’s bust. A nice piece of ‘pirate treasure’.