Choosing The Best Shipwreck or Buried Pirate Piece of Eight
Yep, this one can be a bit confusing, because, well, these amazing artifacts just aren't round. The king didn't care about the shape, just the weight and purity. But, there are some general "Rules of Thumb" (and the picture guide above doesn't hurt either).
- 1/2 and 1 Reales range from dime size to just over a nickel size.
- 2 and 4 Reales are nickel to quarter size, or just a bit larger in the case of the 4s.
- 8 Reales are the big, statement pieces and range from a 50 cent piece size the to the size of a silver dollar. (In fact, the U.S. silver dollar was based on the Spanish 8 Reale!)
Don't forget, each piece of treasure on our site has a measurement... because some coins are thicker than others, their size varies a bit!
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