King George II, Crown, 1746 D. NONO, Old laureate and draped bust l. LIMA below R. Crowned cruciform shields, silver, weight 30g, S.3689, gVF and toned.
* 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 eleven 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.
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