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RARE LIMA British Privateer Capture Great Britain 1746 Large Half Crown Sterling Silver Pendant | Artifact #9167

You’ve Seen the Coin in the Movies, and it's Real - and Was Used Throughout the Expanding British Empire - And the silver in this coin was captured by British Privateers!

Please Note: This is an authentic George III Shilling Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.


One of the coins of Pirate Lore, the shinning Sterling Silver Shilling was the coin of the British realm during the Golden Age of Piracy...

Captain Jack Sparrow lands at Port Royal and is making his way down the dock when the Dock Master calls to him, “Hold up there, you! It’s a shilling to tie up your boat at the dock...” Jack spins around and sways up to the man as he continues, “…and I shall need to know your name.”  Of course, Jack is not about to give his name and quickly palms three shillings on the Master’s log book, “What say you to three shillings and we forget the name?”  The Master, being a reasonable man of moderate wits, considers Jack’s offer and takes the money.  “Welcome to Port Royal, Mr. Smith”

It is this type of silver shilling that Jack tenders.  British silver shillings are found by our friends in England using their trusty metal detectors.  The design on these coins began in 1666, during the reign of King Charles II, and continued to 1798, during the reign of King George III.  While most common in England, they are found all over the world, where ever English ships carried English goods.  This coin was lost hundreds of years ago, but now enjoys a new life in your collection!

Your “Captain Jack’s” Silver Shilling:

  • Denomination: Half Crown
  • Date: 1746
  • Ruler: George II
  • Coin Metal: Sterling Silver (hence the term “Pound Sterling”)
  • Bezel Metal: Proprietary non-tarnishing sterling silver
  • Articulating Nautical Shackle Bail: Will accommodate chain or leather necklace up to 8mm
  • Pendant Size including bezel: 1 1/2" Across, 1 7/8" Tall - almost the width of a silver dollar

Note from Robert: YES! The silver in the coin was actually captured by British Privateers in 1745. And it is a sweet large size, the ultimate piratical statement piece! SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAIL.

This is a beautiful coin, very nice condition for its age, showing all the detail of the coin engraver's art in high-relief. Perfect for the ultimate pirate!

A note on the history of the silver in this coin:  

Pirates! Perhaps no other class of seafarers is quite so famous – or infamous!

Spanish pieces of eight and gold doubloon were the most common currency circulating in the world for 300 years. And when you read the historic reports of what pirates of the day seized, you will see multiple reference to chests of Spanish gold and silver coins that were on board the ships that were attacked by pirates. 

But tying a “treasure” coin directly to actual pirates is extremely rare. Rarely did “spoils division coins” last long enough in a pirate's pouch to be hidden, only to be found hundreds of years later. 

In fact, to my knowledge, there are only three sets of coins that can be directly tide to piracy, or privateers. 

  1. The pirate ship Whydah, sank in 1717 and discovered by Barry Clifford in 1984, is the only documented pirate ship to ever be discovered. 
  2. The shipwreck Consolacion 1681, also known as the Treasure of Isla de Muerto, went to the bottom because of pirates. CLICK HERE TO SEE THAT
  3. And then there are the silver coins of British King George II, with LIMA below his portrait. The silver in them was mined in Lima, Peru. It was captured by British Privateers, sailing under a letter or marque from King George, i.e. “legal piracy.” 

British author Peter Seaby summarizes the story: "In 1745 a great treasure of silver coin had been seized in the North Atlantic by two British privateers, the Duke and the Prince Frederick, from two French treasure ships that had come from Peru. This booty was transported in forty-five wagon loads from the port of Bristol to the mint in London. As the booty principally consisted of 'piece of eight' bearing the Lima mintmark it was requested that coins taken from these prizes might bear the name 'Lima' to celebrate the exploit.

King George only struck these coins with LIMA for two years, 1745 and 1746. You can guess how rare that makes them. Then to be found metal detecting in England, makes them even more rare. 

Three extra pages of documentation about this treasure comes with all of our documentation.

Your Captain Jack Shilling Pendant Comes Complete with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed, Customized, Multi-Page Photo Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
  3. Britain's First Coins Historic Brief
  4. The Creation of the Medieval Long Cross Pennies Historic Brief
  5. Coin Clipping, High Treason, a Tax on Windows and a Man Named Newton Historic Brief
  6. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
  7. Mini Museum Display for when you are not wearing your treasure
  8. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card

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