The Spanish real was first minted in the mid-14th century in Spain. Reales were also minted in Latin America including Mexico, Peru, Chile, Bolivia Columbia and Guatemala. These were called colonials. Reales were minted in several denominations in coin silver alloy (roughly .900). Reales were legal tender throughout Europe for centuries and were used widely in the US before we started minting our own coin. Have you heard of "pieces of eight?" The 8 real coin was the equivalent of a US dollar and was sometimes cut into 8 wedge-shaped pieces, each worth 1/8 a dollar, meaning "2 bits" was worth 1/4 of a dollar. Often referred to as "pirate coins", reales are found in many old shipwrecks worldwide.
This coin dates to 1781 and was minted in Mexico.
Wrapped in solid sterling silver wire. The wrap is reversible, so it can be worn with the face or pillars forward.
18" sterling silver drawn curb neck chain included.
1 3/4" X 1 1/8" approx.
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