The Stunning Mexico City 2 Reale Piece of Eight - The Coins of Pirate Legend and Lore
Please Note: This item includes a black leather necklace in your choice of lengths!
This is a museum quality casting of a hand-hammered Spanish 2 reale minted in Mexico City, Nueva Espana (New Spain, present day Mexico) sometime between 1570 and 1598. Coins just like this one were recovered by Mel Fisher’s crew from the famed Spanish galleon Atocha that sank off Key West, Florida in 1622. It is made with a Cannon Beach Treasure Company exclusive blend of shipwreck silver from 4 shipwrecks (including the Atocha) and non-tarnishing sterling silver.
It took 4 of these coins to equal the weight of an 8 reale, or “piece of eight.” Only about 7 percent of the currency minted in Mexico City at this time was the 2 reale, and one with a full cross like this one is particularly prized.
If you were to board a successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” pirate ship at the time this coin was in use, you would likely have found bags of them on board.
The Mexico City 2 Reale Coin Pendant
Size: 1" Across, 1 1/2" Tall
Metal: Shipwreck Silver -click here to learn more about our blend of 4 shipwreck's silver treasure that is in this pendant
Denomination: 2 reale
Reign: Philip II (1556-1598)
Date: circa 1570-1598
Reverse: Florenzada Cross (fleur-de-lis) with two lions and castles. The lions and castles that sit in the four quadrants of the cross represent the two Christian kingdoms on the Iberian Peninsula, Leon and Castile, that united in the 13th century and reclaimed Spain from the Moors, who had conquered the region in 711 AD.
Obverse: Philip II Coat of Arms – Habsburg Shield
This coin pendant is cast with our exclusive blend of shipwreck silver from four shipwrecks: Atocha - 1622, the 1715 Fleet, Le Chameu - 1725 and Santa Leocadia - 1800. To read about how we blend our authentic shipwreck silver, where the treasure came from, and the history of these shipwrecks, check out Robert's Blog "Shipwreck Silver - the Story Behind the Story."
Of Special Note: Our exclusive Empires Collection features Museum-Quality Castings that are produced by hand, in the USA, and to exacting standards, creating jewelry pieces that are amazingly faithful to the original artifact. Each is hand-finished here in the studio - toned, hand-rubbed and polished - making the best of ancient art affordable and wearable for a life-time.
Your Empires Collection Pendant Comes Complete with:
- A Detailed, Two Page Historic Brief Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
- A Black Leather Necklace with 2" Extender in the Length of Your Choice
- A Linen Gift Pouch
- A Treasure Jewelry Care Card