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

New South Wales: Coin Five shillings (Holey Dollar)
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
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
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
Variety Bolivia 8 Reales 55
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe host coin is 8 Reales from Potosi Mint, Bolivia (KM# 55).
Variety Bolivia 8 Reales 73
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe host coin is 8 Reales from Potosi Mint, Bolivia (KM# 73).
Variety Mexico 8 Reales 104
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe host coin is 8 Reales from Mexico City Mint, Mexico (KM# 104).
Variety Mexico 8 Reales 106
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe host coin is 8 Reales from Mexico City Mint, Mexico (KM# 106).
Variety Mexico 8 Reales 107
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe host coin is 8 Reales from Mexico City Mint, Mexico (KM# 107).
Variety Mexico 8 Reales 109
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe host coin is 8 Reales from Mexico City Mint, Mexico (KM# 109).
Variety Mexico 8 Reales 110
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe host coin is 8 Reales from Mexico City Mint, Mexico (KM# 110).
Variety Peru 8 Reales 78
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe host coin is 8 Reales from Lima Mint, Peru (KM# 78).
Variety Peru 8 Reales 97
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe host coin is 8 Reales from Lima Mint, Peru (KM# 97).
Variety Spain 8 Reales 71.1
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe host coin is 8 Reales from Madrid Mint, Spain (C# 71.1).
Variety Spain 8 Reales 71.2
Mintage unknown (included in total)
DetailsThe host coin is 8 Reales from Seville Mint, Spain (C# 71.2).
Five shillings (Holey Dollar): References to Information Used
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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)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1829)
Mintage39,910
Material0.903 Silver
DesignerWilliam Henshall
TechnologyCounterstamped on host coin
ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm)
Mass (g)
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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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