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Two silver discs, which show a person in profile and several shields.

The disc on the left features a person in profile with long curling hair. They are slightly heavyset, with extra fat on their face and neck. They are bordered by text that reads “GEORGIVS II DEI GRATIA” and below the profile it reads, in a smaller font “LIMA”. The disc on the right shows four shields with different insignia in a circle, all pointing toward the center where a small cross is surrounded by the rays of the sun. The border here reads “ETLD SRI ATETE 1746 MBFET HREXPDB”.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
2014.129
People
Unidentified Artist
Title
George II Half Crown
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
1746
Culture
British
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/351363

Location

Location
Level 2, Room 2340, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, The Silver Cabinet: Art and Ritual, 1600–1850
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Physical Descriptions

Medium
silver
Dimensions
15.03 g
4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: obverse; surrounding the portrait of George II in profile and crowned in laurel: GEORGIVS / II / DEI / GRATIA / LIMA
  • inscription: reverse; surrounding four crowned shields arranged in the form of a cross representing England and Scotland, Ireland, France, and Brunswick, Lüneburg, and Saxony; in the center is the Star of the Garter: M / B / F / ET / H / REX / F / D / B / ET / L / D / S / R / I / A / T / ET / E / 1746 [Magne Brittaniae Franciae et Hiberniae Rex Fidei Defensor Brunsvicensis et Luneburgensis Dux Sacri Romani Imperii Archi-Thesaurius et Elector 1746]

Provenance

Recorded Ownership History
[Baldwin's, London, sold]; to Harvard Art Museums, 2014.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Paul Clarke Stauffer Fund
Accession Year
2014
Object Number
2014.129
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Description
Half crown with portrait of George II draped and crowned with laurel wreath (recto), and crowned cruciform shields with garter star at center.

Exhibition History

  • 32Q: 2340 Cabinet Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 09/24/2019; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/25/2019 - 12/31/2024

Verification Level

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