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    1761 Spanish 2 Reale Pirate "Piece of Eight" Sterling Silver TORTUGA COLLECTION Pendant | Artifact #7596

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    The Shinning Silver "Piece of Eight" of Pirate Legend: Buried Treasure for the Treasure Hunter in All of Us... Now in our Exclusive Hand-Hammered Tortuga Collection Setting

    Please Note: This is an authentic Spanish Reale Piece of Eight Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.

    This pendant is part of our Tortuga Collection featuring our exclusive hand-hammered sterling silver settings. Each is unique, like the treasure coins they surround. Please see below for more details.

    When we think of the treasure coins of pirate lore, the silver Spanish colonial coins of Central and South America immediately come to mind. Next time you read about the great pirates of long ago, Henry Morgan, Edward Teach (Blackbeard), John Rackham (Calico Jack), Mary Read, Anne Bonny and many others, these were the coins that drove their raiding and pillaging of land and sea! Even the great, and often maligned, “pirate hunter” Captain William Kidd used these coins to purchase rum and wine for his crew.

    Crudely shaped and hand-hammered, these silver pieces of history are some of the most intriguing and beautiful coins ever minted. And because each coin was minted by hand, they are one of a kind. Unlike a machine minted coin, it is impossible for anyone else to posses a coin exactly like yours!

    The Pillars & Waves Spanish Reales

    This silver "Piece of Eight" bears the Pillars and Waves design. This type is one of the most detailed and beautiful coins produced in the Spanish colonies, as the design actually tells the story of the “New World.” Read about this design below!

    Your Spanish Cob Treasure Coin

    • Date: 1761
    • Denomination: 2 Reale
    • Mint: Potosi, Upper Peru (present day Bolivia)
    • Ruler: King Charles III of Spain
    • Coin Metal: Silver
    • Bezel Metal: Sterling Silver
    • Obverse (Front): Jerusalem Cross
    • Reverse: (Back): The Pillars & Waves
    • Articulating Bail Interior Diameter: Will accommodate chain or leather necklace up to 6.2mm 
    • Pendant size including bezel (frame): 1" Across, 1 1/2" Tall - pendant the width of a quarter

    Robert's Notes: This is a beautiful coin from this collection! It has a stunning cross and details. Amazing condition for a 2 Reale coin... beautiful "761" in red. 

    Beautiful strong cross, "2" denomination, almost complete "PLV SVL TRA" (SEE BELOW). The joy of this type of Reale is the depth and detail of the strike. Thick and strongly angled, each detail is highlighted in the gleam of silver. And, most of the coins in this collection, like this one, were barely circulated before they were buried! 

    This is a statement piece, for sure. Sidle (it's sidle if there is no horse) up to an oyster bar wearing this and you will turn heads.

    Looking for a perfect chain to partner with your Tortuga Collection Piece of 8 Pendant? Look no farther than our Tortuga Anchor Chain here>>>

    The Pillars and Waves Design

    While each coin does not have every detail, the most striking feature is the two upright “pillars” which represent the Pillars of Hercules; the waves below, the Atlantic Ocean. Starting in the 10 o’clock position there is a “P” for Potosi, next is a number for the denomination. Next is the assayer’s initial.  The two or three numerals above the center wave are the date. Through the center runs the phrase PLV SVL TRA – “Plus Ultra” – More Beyond the Pillars of Hercules. On the reverse is the crusaders cross, with lions and castles in the four quadrants representing the early Spanish kingdoms of Leon and Castile. Coins minted in the 1700s will have three digits, i.e. 737 for 1737. 

    The Tortuga Collection - Genuine Pieces of Eight Set in Hand-Forged Sterling Silver

    Each Tortuga Collection masterpiece is born of fire, silver, hammer and anvil...

    With settings hand-Forged from solid sterling silver, and hammered to perfection, each piece of Tortuga Collection jewelry is as unique as the authentic Spanish Reale... the "Piece of Eight" it highlights. Each setting is hand-crafted using the same techniques and hand tools used by the minters of the coins themselves. Because only historic techniques, hand tools and pure sterling silver are used, each Tortuga Collection setting is completely unique - an heirloom piece of artisan jewelry that can be worn every day.

    Your Spanish Cob Coin Pendant Comes Complete with:

    1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
    2. A Detailed,10 Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
    3. "Pieces of Eight" Historic Brief
    4. The Coins of the Lost Galleons Book
    5. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
    6. Mini Museum Display for when you are not wearing your treasure
    7. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card