George II Coins
George II was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1727 to 1760. As with his father, George I, he was also the elector of Hanover. As King, George exercised little interest and power over British domestic policy, which was instead controlled by parliament. Coins produced during George’s reign were both Guineas and Crowns.
Born in Hanover, George was the final British monarch to be born outside of Great Britain. He was schooled in English following the ascension to the throne by his cousin, Queen Anne. When his father was crowned King in 1714 George was named the Prince of Wales. The two had a difficult relationship with George supporting political opponents of his father.
Following his father’s death during a trip to Hanover in 1727, the newly crowned George decided not to travel to Germany for the funeral, a move which led to praise from the English people who saw this as proof of George’s commitment to the country.
The political support of Parliament helped George see off further attempts by Jacobites to return Stuart monarch ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ to the throne. By the end of his life George was blind in one eye and hard of hearing. He died in October 1760 and was succeeded by his grandson, George III, following the death nine years previous of his son Frederick.
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