1/2 Reale Spanish Portrait Dollar - the Legendary "Piece of Eight" Late 1700s - Early 1800s | Artifact #G3033

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“Pieces of Eight! Pieces of Eight!”

Please Note: This is an authentic Lost Treasures of the Andes Buried Treasure Coin. Robert will pick the best of the collection for you!

No phrase in the English language can conjure more vivid dreams of chests overflowing with buried pirate treasures to satiate desire! And now, the most legendary coin ever minted comes out of our vaults…

We are proud to present our Lost Treasure of the Andes and Pirate Coins of Mexico “Pieces of Eight” collection of Spanish portrait silver dollars – a Cannon Beach Treasure Company exclusive.

Discovered long ago, and safe-guarded in private collections, these beautiful silver coins have been in our vault for many years… until now. After being buried or cached for hundreds of years, they have been professionally conserved and curated by Robert, and are ready to became a fascinating part of your collection.


Your Treasure of the Andes Portrait 1/2 Reale

  • Date: Late 1700s - Early 1800s
  • Denomination: 1/2 Reale Portrait (Bust) Dollar
  • Mint: Mexico City, New Spain or Potosi, Upper Peru (present day Bolivia)
  • Coin Metal: .903 Silver
  • Diameter: Approximately 16mm
  • Obverse (Front): The Portrait of the King
  • Reverse: (Back): The Pillars of Hercules and the Arms of Leon & Castile

What is a Piece of Eight?

Sometimes called “America’s First Silver Dollar” because they were in daily use in the United States until right before the U.S. Civil War, Pieces of 8 - both the large 8 Reales, and the smaller denominations of 4, 2, 1, and 1/2 - were minted by the mighty Spanish empire from New World silver – and traded (and pirated) the world over. These silver coins are the famous coins of pirate lore!

Perhaps you wonder, like we do, who stashed these valuable coins… and why did they never return to retrieve them? What amazing stories could these coins tell if they could only speak?

Your Piece of 8 Comes Complete with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht 
  3. "Pieces of Eight" Historic Brief
  4. An Archival Clear Air-Tite Capsule (We will place the conserved coin in the air-tite for you prior to shipping. You can remove it from the air-tite anytime you wish.)
  5. A Gift Pouch

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