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Coin: Five shillings (Holey Dollar)
Description

A ring shaped silver coin (40 mm diameter) manufactured by cutting a circular 'dump' from the centre of a Lima mint 8 real piece of 1806 and counterstamping the words NEW SOUTH WALES 1813 around the central hole on one side (the obverse) and the words FIVE + SHILLINGS on the other (the reverse) and a spray of leaves with the engraver's initial H.

CountryNew South Wales CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value5 (x Shilling) TypeFive Shillings (Holey Dollar)
Year1813 CurrentNo (demonetised 1829)
Mintage39,910 (39910)
Mint
Material0.903 Silver DesignerWilliam Henshall
MonarchKing George III Effigy
Production technologyCounterstamped on host coin ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

Overstruck around a circular hole cut from an 8 Reales coin, NEW SOUTH WALES 1813, around the rim of the original coin.

In some varieties: CAROLUS IIII DEI GRATIA 1782. This was the obverse of the host coin and featured a laureate bust of Charles IIII (mostly removed with the central dump) facing right.

Obverse inscription NEW SOUTH WALES 1813
Reverse

Overstruck around a circular hole cut from an 8 Reales coin, FIVE + SHILLINGS, around the rim of the original coin

In some varieties: LIMA (as a monogram) 8 R J.P. HISPAN. ET IND. REX. This was the reverse of the host coin and featured a crowned shield of Spain supported by the pillars (mostly removed with the central dump).

At the bottom of the overstrike is a spray of olive leaves with the artist's initial H at its centre.

Reverse inscriptionFIVE SHILLINGS
Edge Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Most were recalled and melted, only 350 Holey dollars are estimated to remain.

References to additional information:

[Book] Mira, William J. & Noble, W J. 1988. The Holey Dollars of New South Wales., No.1806/9

Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Bolivia 8 Reales 55 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Bolivia 8 Reales 73 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Mexico 8 Reales 104 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Mexico 8 Reales 106 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Mexico 8 Reales 107 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Mexico 8 Reales 109 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Mexico 8 Reales 110 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Peru 8 Reales 78 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Peru 8 Reales 97 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Spain 8 Reales 71.1 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Spain 8 Reales 71.2 unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Photos
Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Photo New South Wales 1813 c/s 5 shillings
New South Wales 1813 c/s 5 shillings
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Notes: KM# 2.9 (on Mexico 8 Reales 109).
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Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Photo New South Wales 1813 c/s 5 shillings
New South Wales 1813 c/s 5 shillings
Copyright: CoinFactsWiki / CC BY-SA
Author:
Notes: KM# 2.9 (on Mexico 8 Reales 109).
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Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Photo Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Obverse. Overstruck on Potosi Mint 8 Reales.
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Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Photo Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Reverse. Overstruck on Potosi Mint 8 Reales.
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Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Photo Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Obverse. Overstruck on Lima Mint 8 Reales.
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Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Photo Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Reverse. Overstruck on Lima Mint 8 Reales.
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Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2.1 (Bolivia 8 Reales 55)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2.3 (Bolivia 8 Reales 73)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2.5 (Mexico 8 Reales 104)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2.6 (Mexico 8 Reales 106)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2.7 (Mexico 8 Reales 107)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2.9 (Mexico 8 Reales 109)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2.10 (Mexico 8 Reales 110)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2.11 (Peru 8 Reales 78)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2.13 (Peru 8 Reales 97)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2.15 (Spain 8 Reales 71.1)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 2.16 (Spain 8 Reales 71.2)
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Five shillings (Holey Dollar): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
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Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Some useful external links
New South Wales 1813 c/s 5 shillings - CoinFactsWiki Museums Victoria: Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), NSW, Australia 1813 (Potosi 1783)
Wikipedia: Holey dollar Museums Victoria: Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia 1813 (Lima 1806
American Numismatic Society: Silver 5 shilling
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