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Eight reales

MEC1600
Coins and medals

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Collection Coins and medals, Coins
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: King Charles IV of Spain
Depiction: King George III

Object details:

Object ID MEC1600
Description A Spanish dollar of British currency. Obverse: Bust of King Charles IV of Spain in a tie-wig, laureate, armour and mantle (right) a small bust of King George III (right) stamped upon the neck. Legend: 'CAROLUS . IIII . DEI . GRATIA.' Below: '1795.' Reverse: The royal arms of Spain crowned within columns entwined by a scroll, bearing the words PLUS / ULTRA. Legend: 'HISPAN . ET IND . REX . M . 8R . F . M.' (Mexico City). During the run on gold in 1797, the Bank of England put into circulation these Spanish coins (held for their bullion value). They were countermarked with the head of George III.
Date made 1795

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials silver
Measurements Overall: 38 mm
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  • Eight reales (MEC1600)
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