George II 1741 Halfcrown,Young Head, Roses


George II (1727-60), silver Halfcrown with date 1741, young laureat draped bust facing left,  surrounded by GEORGIVS.II.DEI.GRATIA.
on reverse crowned cruciform shields, roses in angles (denoting the silver was from mines in the west of England), garter star at centre, date either side of top crown, M.B.F.ET.H.REX. F.D.B.ET.L.D.S.R.I.A.T.ET.E.  weight 15.00g

Toning and softly struck notable on face and rim

The Latin GEORGIVS. II. DEI. GRATIA translates to “George II by the Grace of God” and on the reverse, abbreviated in Latin which would read “Magnae Britanniae Franciae ET Hiberniae Rex Fidei Defensor Brun ET Lunebergen-sis Dux, Sacri Romani Imperii Archi-Thesaurius ET Elector” and translates as “King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg, High Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.”

The coin was minted in the 14th year of George II’s reign. George II was the last British king to be seen on a battlefield (aged 60) at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743. He succeeded his father, George I, King of Great Britain and Ireland and was the last British monarch to be born outside the country. A great linguist, he was born in Germany but spoke only French until the age of four. George died suddenly in 1760 and was succeeded by his grandson (son of Frederick Louis d.1751) King George III.

King George II is 6th Great Grandfather to King Charles III