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A Lima half-crown

MEC1598
Coins and medals

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Collection Coins and medals, Coins
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: George II, George II
Historical Association: Anson, George
EventsCovadonga, capture of the, 1743
VesselsNuestra Señora de Covadonga fl.1743 (Spanish)

Object details:

Object ID MEC1598
Description A Lima half-crown. Obverse: Bust of George II (left), laureate, long hair, cloak over armour. Legend: 'GEORGIUS . II . DEI . GRATIA .' Below: 'LIMA.' Reverse: Four crowned shields, forming with the Star of the garter a St George's Cross. Upper: England and Scotland. Right: France. Legend: 'M . B . F . ET . H . REX . F . D . B . ET . L . D . S . R . I . A . T . ET . E . 1746'. (George the Second, by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Luneburg, Chief Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire). Inscribed on edge: 'DECVS . ET . TVTAMEN . ANNO . REGNIS . DECIMO . NONO.' Part of the currency struck from the Spanish silver captured by Admiral Lord George Anson (1697-1762) during his circumnavigation of 1740-44. It came from the galleon 'Nuestra Señora de Covadonga' which struck to Anson's ship 'Centurion' off the Philippines on 20 June 1743.
Date made 1746

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials silver
Measurements Overall: 39 mm
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