The Rare Mexico City Pillar Dollar 2 Reale - The Coins of Pirate Legend and Lore
For nearly 200 years, the Mexico City mint produced the hand-hammered “cob” style coins. Then, in 1732, the more technologically advanced screw press arrived and they start producing what we now call the “Pillar Dollar.” This is the predecessor to our US silver dollar and currency.
This is a museum quality casting of a Spanish 2 reale Pillar Dollar minted in Mexico City, Nueva Espana (New Spain, present day Mexico) in 1767. The original coin was recovered from the Spanish Brig of War, El Cazador that sank 50 miles off New Orleans in 1784. It is in such amazing condition because it was delicately conserved from a large “clump” (the remains of a treasure chest) of 2 reales.
You would have needed four of these coins to equal the weight of an 8 reale, or “piece of eight.”
This coin is revered among coin collectors as one of the most beautiful coins ever minted. Pirates, kings, merchants and nobility all valued these silver coins for their high silver content… they were the world’s currency!
The Mexico City 2 Reale Pillar Dollar Shipwreck Coin Pendant
Size: 1" 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)
Date: circa 1767
Obverse: Pillars of Hercules with Latin legend PLVS VLTRA in ribbons around the pillars meaning “More Beyond” the Pillars of Hercules.
Reverse: Crowned shield of Spain (with Lions and Castles) and Latin legend: CAR III D G HISP ET IND R meaning Charles III, by the Grace of God, King of Spain and the Indies. 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.
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 20" Black Leather Necklace with 2" Extender
- A Linen Gift Pouch
- A Treasure Jewelry Care Card
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