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’.
This Sterling Silver Sixpence was issued by King George II in 1757 and 1758
that means that it is now 260 years old. The obverse has the mature bust of the
King with long flowing hair and in a suit of armour. The reverse has four sets of
crowned arms, England, Scotland, Ireland and France. He didn’t forget that we once
owned part of France.
The coins we offer are in Fine or better condition. The Sixpence is often used at weddings to bring good luck
to the bride.
Nice coins with a lot of history, Fine or better and very competitively priced. They would make
an excellent wedding gift…
Our friends made this crownsized replica of a King George II gold Five Guinea
piece of 1746. It has the word ‘Lima’ under the bust that would have indicated
that the gold used to strike the originals, was stolen from the Spanish, at Lima, Peru.
That was a way of the British thumbing their nose at the Spanish.
It is a beautiful replica, crownsized, plated in gold and in Proof condition. Each
piece comes in a protective capsule. Today an original coin in this condition would
cost at least £50,000-£100,000. If you are willing to accept a very nice replica, you can have one for far more affordable price.