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1779 Spanish Colonial 4 Reales Silver Coin

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1779 Spanish colonial silver 4 reales coin.

The 4 reales (half dollar) is the hardest coin to obtain of all of the Spanish Colonial silver, with the 8 reales (dollar), 2 reales (quarter), 1 real (bit / 12.5c), and 1/2 real (6 1/4c) all being much more commonplace.

This type of coin, depicting King Carolus III were made throughout the Spanish colonies in the New World, particularly from Mexico, Bolivia, and Peru, with their many silver mines.

These coins were used through the Americas, including in Colonial America and Canada - coins such as this were valid / legal tender in the US until the 1850s, and formed a significant portion of the coinage and currency available and used, especially in the early days of the American West. They were also frequently used in the China trade (for purchases of silk, porcelain, etc.)

A very historical piece that probably has many stories to tell!

Diameter: 34mm (1 5/16")

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1779 Spanish Colonial 4 Reales Silver Coin


  • Vintage item from the 1700s
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