Great Britain Crown George II (1727-1760).
Type: Milled - Old head, Roses
Mint Mark: 1743 Decimo Septimo
Obverse: Laureate, cuirassed, draped old bust left.
Reverse: Cruciform crowned shields, roses in angles, legend - Hanoverian titles.
Superb condition piece - beautifully and evenly darkly tones with underlying lustre. Rare in this grade and difficult to better. The four roses in the angles between the shields on the reverse signify that the silver that this coin is made of, came from West Country mines. There are two different portraits used, the young head bust used from 1732 to 1741, followed by the oder bust (this coin) used from 1743 to 1751.
George was the last British Monarch born outside Great Britain and was born and brought up in Northern Germany. He was also the last British Monarch to lead an army in Battle - in 1743 at the battle of Dettingen. In 1745, supporters of the Catholic claimant to the British Throne, James Francis Edward Stuart (''''The Old Pretender''''), led by James's son Charles Edward Stuart (''''The Young Pretender'''' or ''''Bonnie Prince Charlie'''') attempted and failed to depose George in the last of the Jacobite rebellions. His son Frederick died unexpectedly in 1751 leaving George's grandson to become George III.