Includes glass top display box.
These Spanish silver coins, commonly referred to as ‘reales’, were the backbone of trade and commerce from the late 1600s to the early 1800s. Minted in the New World territories of the Spanish Empire, their widespread circulation reflected Spain's global influence during this period.
The real system had various denominations, from the small half real coin to the renowned eight reales. The term "pieces of eight" often referenced the eight reales coin, reflecting its division into eight smaller segments or "bits".
Each coin had precise designs, indicative of the era and region of minting. The obverse typically displayed the Spanish coat of arms, a nod to the empire's vast territories, while the reverse bore the Pillars of Hercules with the “PLUS ULTRA” inscription, signifying Spain's expansive endeavors.
Their reliability in terms of silver content and weight made these coins favored not just within Spanish territories but internationally. Notably, the eight reales coin even found its way into the early American monetary system as legal tender. Several countries, such as China, often took these coins and counter-stamped them with local symbols, highlighting their adaptability in different markets.
As the 1800s progressed, the reales slowly faded from prominence, replaced by newer currencies and systems. Yet, their role in shaping global trade routes and integrating economies is noteworthy.
All purchases include a Certificate of Authenticity. You will receive the exact item in the photos.
Our original glass and leatherette display boxes showcase your relic above a custom information card, with a design unique to History Hoard.