Great Britain 1746 crown Dav-1350

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Goldberg sale 74, lot 4459
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Goldberg sale 87, lot 3123
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The first specimen was lot 4459 in Goldberg sale 74 (Los Angeles, June 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,

"Great Britain. Crown, 1746. George II. By John Tanner. Obverse: Second older draped laureate bust left, Lima below. Reverse: Crowned cruciform shields. Edge DECIMO NONO. Pleasantly toned in deep shades of blue and crisply struck, this historically interesting coin is uncirculated. Certainly free from abrasions and flaws. NGC graded MS-61.

According to the text accompanying the Millennia Collection 1746 Lima Crown, Lima marked coins were struck from Spanish bullion seized by Captain George Anson under orders from the Admiralty during his trans-global ocean voyage of 1740-1744. When 11 Spanish treasure ships captured off the Philippines were sailed back to Portsmouth and the precious metal delivered to the mint in London, Anson became the most famous admiral of his day. Anson's six warships were at sea for three years and nine months. While his crew were beset by scurvy his squadron of ships endured storms, shipwrecks and furious battles, costing him 5 ships and 1400 of his 1900 personnel. But he captured many prizes of booty, sacked and plundered the town of Payta Bay and sank or damaged a great number of Spanish ships. He captured the long-sought Spanish trading galleon La Nuestra senora de Cavadonga with a cargo of 36,000 ounces of silver, and some gold! In December 1743 he returned home to England, eventually reached the rank of First Lord of the Admiralty and was elevated to the peerage."

The second specimen was lot 3123 in Goldberg sale 87 (Los Angeles, September 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"Great Britain. Proof Crown, 1746. George II. by John Tanner. Obverse, second, older laureate draped bust left GEORGIVS II DEI GRATIA. Reverse, inverted die axis, crowned cruciform shields, angles plain. Edge VICESIMO in raised letters. Mint state. Obverse has an attractive steel blue tone to complement the razor sharp detail. The reverse is toned in blue with a hint of aquamarine. An exquisite coin which has been cherished over the centuries and consequently remains free from imperfection. A masterpiece of British eighteenth century numismatic production, and much rarer in top grade than the (later) Proof Crowns of 1826 and 1839. NGC graded Proof 63.

King George II was born in 1683 and raised in Hanover Germany. His father, George I, became King of England after Queen Anne died childless in 1714, and reigned until his demise in 1727. Becoming king in 1727 George II adapted well to life in England and indulged his passions for music, all things military, and his wife Caroline of Ansbach. He was famous as the last English king to have personally lead his troops into battle. George despised his son Frederick and after the death of George II (in 1760) the throne passed to his grandson - later to become George III - as Frederick had already passed away in 1751. Numismatically, the reign of George II was interesting. Some gold coins were made from bullion supplied by the East India Company and the initials of the company E.I.C appear on the obverse of these pieces. Admiral Anson's seizure of precious metal during his circumnavigation of the globe led to the production of gold and silver coins bearing the word LIMA below the king's portrait. And in 1732 and 1746 two stunning Proof Crowns were produced, one featuring the early (young) bust of the king, and the other (this piece) the older portrait. Copper coins were produced in abundance but none was made after 1754."

"Lima" half crowns and shillings were also minted.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 30.10 g, .925 fine silver, .895 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: S.3689; ESC-125; Dav-1350; KM-585.3. Without "LIMA": S.3690; ESC-126, KM 585.2.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Rayner, P. Alan, and Maurice Bull, English Silver Coinage from 1649, 6th Ed., London: Spink & Son, 2015.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 74: the pre-Long Beach Sale, featuring the Arden Collection, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 87: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.

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