Silver coin; Denomination: Halfcrown (2 shillings and 6 pence)
Royal Mint, London
George I (1714-1727)
The roses and plumes on the reverse record that this coin was struck with silver supplied from mines in Wales and the South of England. The title Fidei Defensor abbreviated to F.D. (Defender of the Faith) occurs for the first time on the British coinage under George I. The abbreviated titles on the reverse expand to: Brunsvicensis et Lunenburgensis Dux, Sacri Romani Imperii Archi-Thesaurarius et Elector. These titles remain on the British coinage until the new coinage of 1816 under George III.
Laureate and draped bust of George I facing right; around, GEORGIVS D G M BR FR ET HIB REX F D (translation: George I by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith).
Four crowned shields, England and Scotland impaled, France, Ireland and the Dutchy of Brunswick and Luneburg, arranged in the form of a cross, in the centre, the Star of the Garter; in the angles roses and plumes; around, BRVN ET L DVX S R I A TH ET EL 1718, the date is divided by a crown. (translation: Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg Archi-Thesaurius and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire)
Raised lettering, DECVS ET TVTAMEN ANNO REGNI SECVNDO
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
14.642 g (Weight)
[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 3642 Pages