Five shillings (Holey Dollar), Coin from New South Wales - detailed information

Five shillings (Holey Dollar), Coin from New South Wales (demonetised 1829)
CoinFive shillings (Holey Dollar)

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.

Mint Total Mintage39,910
Obverse
New South Wales / Five shillings (Holey Dollar) - obverse photo

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
New South Wales / Five shillings (Holey Dollar) - reverse photo

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 Inscription FIVE SHILLINGS
EdgeEdge 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
Variety Bolivia 8 Reales 55
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

The host coin is 8 Reales from Potosi Mint, Bolivia (KM# 55).

Variety Bolivia 8 Reales 73
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

The host coin is 8 Reales from Potosi Mint, Bolivia (KM# 73).

Variety Mexico 8 Reales 104
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

The host coin is 8 Reales from Mexico City Mint, Mexico (KM# 104).

Variety Mexico 8 Reales 106
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

The host coin is 8 Reales from Mexico City Mint, Mexico (KM# 106).

Variety Mexico 8 Reales 107
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

The host coin is 8 Reales from Mexico City Mint, Mexico (KM# 107).

Variety Mexico 8 Reales 109
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

The host coin is 8 Reales from Mexico City Mint, Mexico (KM# 109).

Variety Mexico 8 Reales 110
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

The host coin is 8 Reales from Mexico City Mint, Mexico (KM# 110).

Variety Peru 8 Reales 78
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

The host coin is 8 Reales from Lima Mint, Peru (KM# 78).

Variety Peru 8 Reales 97
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

The host coin is 8 Reales from Lima Mint, Peru (KM# 97).

Variety Spain 8 Reales 71.1
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

The host coin is 8 Reales from Madrid Mint, Spain (C# 71.1).

Variety Spain 8 Reales 71.2
Mintage Issued: unknown (included in total)
Details

The host coin is 8 Reales from Seville Mint, Spain (C# 71.2).

Five shillings (Holey Dollar): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
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Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Details
CountryNew South Wales
CurrencyNSW Pound
PeriodHoley Dollar (1813 - 1829)
Coin TypeFive Shillings (Holey Dollar)
Issued1813
MonarchKing George III
Face Value5 (x Shilling)
Mintage39,910
CurrentNo; demonetised 1829
Material0.903 Silver
DesignerWilliam Henshall
TechnologyCounterstamped on host coin
ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm)
Mass (g)
OCC IDDRMK-GEZA-CPWL-ONXQ
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Five shillings (Holey Dollar): Photos
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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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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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Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
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Notes: Obverse. Overstruck on Potosi Mint 8 Reales.
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Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
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Notes: Reverse. Overstruck on Potosi Mint 8 Reales.
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Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
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Notes: Obverse. Overstruck on Lima Mint 8 Reales.
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Coin - Holey Dollar (5 Shillings), New South Wales, Australia, 1813
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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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