The Piratical Potosi 2 Reale Piece of Eight Cob - The Coins of Pirate Legend and Lore
Please Note: This item includes a black leather necklace in your choice of lengths!
This museum quality casting is of a hand-hammered Spanish 2 reale minted in Potosi, Upper Peru (present day Bolivia) by a man named Jose de Vargas y Flor who was in charge of the mint between 1761-1773. 1773 was the last year the Potosi mint struck this “cob” style coin, and they went to the Portrait Dollar, which became the model for our American currency in 1792.
You would have needed four 2 reales to equal the weight of an 8 real, or “piece of eight.” This size of currency was used to pay smaller debts, and since these coins were so small and used on a daily basis, it is extremely hard to find one that is in this amazing condition.
If you were to board a pirate ship at the time this coin was in use, you would likely have found bags of these precious silver coins on board – if the pirates hadn’t spent them all in port on rum!
The Potosi 2 Reale Coin Pendant
Size: 3/4" Across, 1 1/4" 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: Charles III (1759-1788)
Assayer: “V” Jose de Vargas y Flor
Reverse: The Cross of Jerusalem 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 13thcentury and reclaimed Spain from the Moors, who had conquered the region in 711 AD.
Obverse: Pillars and Waves with Latin legend PLVS VLTRA meaning “More Beyond” the Pillars of Hercules.
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