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February 14, 2017
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Great Winter Find: 1730 King George II Coin

Categories: Finds

When winter comes my way, I try and get out metal detecting as much as I can. You know how frustrating it is when the ground is frozen and you’re itching to dig! I’ve been getting some added inspiration to keep hunting since starting my Facebook Live videos. I really like showing everyone what it’s like to be out on a nice detecting hunt with me. I found something extra cool back in early December: a 1730 King George II coin! If you watch my live video on Facebook from December 4th, you can see us in action out on the cornfield with the finds. I was with my pal Jim and he found a silver barber from 1912! So now, I want to show you all some history and brief facts on the King George coin.

The King George coin from 1730 is known as one of the British Half Pennies. These were done during King George’s reign from 1727 to 1754. The half penny was made at the Royal Mint in London. At first, it was made from silver, but as the value of silver increased, the coin was made from base metals or metal that’s inexpensive. On the obverse, you can see a bust of King George II facing left wearing armor.

On the reverse, you can see Britannia seated facing left on a globe. Britannia was the Roman and Greek term for Great Britain’s geographical region. The name could also include both Great Britain and Ireland. On the reverse, Britannia has an olive branch and a spear in her hand. There is a shield resting by her side, which is decorated with both the crosses of St. George and St. Andrew. St. George is known as England’s patron saint and one of the most famous Christian figures.

This has got to be one of the most fascinating coins I’ve found! The history is one of my favorite things to explore. Let’s see what my next adventure is!

Happy Hunting!

Dennis

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