United Kingdom of Great Britain, George II, 1/2 Penny 1742

The image of Britannia with a long spear or trident and a sprig of laurel was already minted on the sesterces by the Roman emperor Antonius Pius (138-161). Inspired by these coins, the British king George II (1727-1760) put Britannia beside the globe and the British shield. Her long spear or trident symbolizes Britannia's dominance over the seas; the sprig of laurel stands for her rule over the countries. George had himself depicted in the Roman style with a laurel wreath as well.