Some of the Most Beautiful Coins Ever Minted - Rare, Dated and One-of-a-Kind
Ships like Princess Louisa were the largest, and the most beautiful, in the British merchant marine and were only rivaled by the larger galleons of Spain and Portugal. They had evolved during the 130 years that England had been trading with the East and were now big, but graceful ships; strong, fast, well-armed and eminently suited for the long and dangerous passages they had to make.
But treacherous currents, combined with inaccurate charts, sealed Princess Louisa's fate in the shallow shoals of the Cape Verde Islands. Like most trade ships of her day, the trade coinage she was loaded with were Spanish, not British. This Princess Louisa silver 2 Reale is a rare example of the famed "Piece of Eight" of this era; deeply struck, beautifully dated, and with a stunning cross and pillars and wave design.
Your Princess Louisa 2 Reale Piece of Eight
Date: Circa 1731
Denomination: 2 Reale
Mint: Potosi, Upper Peru (present day Bolivia)
King: Philip V
Assayer: "M" Jose de Matienzo
Coin Metal: Silver
Bezel Metal: Sterling Silver
Articulating Nautical Shackle Bail Interior Diameter: Will accommodate chain or leather necklace up to 5.8mm
Metal Smith: Robert Lewis Knecht
Size: 1" Across, 1 1/2" Tall
Obverse (Front): The Crusaders Cross
Reverse: (Back): The Pillars and Waves (The Pillars of Hercules and Waves of the Atlantic Ocean)
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