King Philip V Spanish Half Real Charm Bracelet

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  • Colonial Spanish Half Real, Dated 1734
  • Monarch: Philip V
  • Mint: Lima, Peru. Assayer: "N" Fernando Negron
  • Grade: Very Fine
  • Silver Coin in 14k Gold Bezel on Sterling Silver Bracelet
  • Framed Coin Size: 17mm Diameter, Bracelet Weight: 10.4g (at 7" Length)
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This is a genuine Spanish silver coin that was minted in the colonial South American mint of Lima, Peru during the reign of Philip V. As the first King of Spain from the House of Bourbon, Philip ruled from 1700 until his death in 1746. The 18th century was a prosperous time for the Spanish Empire as trade grew steadily within its territories and colonies in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceana.
The Bourbon reforms of Philip V and his son Ferdinand VI included a major modernization of the Spanish Navy. This enabled Spain's crucial victory in the 1741 Caribbean port Battle of Cartagena de Indias against a massive British fleet and army, allowing Spain to secure its dominance of Spanish America until the 19th century.
With the discovery of untold riches that were mined in the Americas throughout the 16th to 18th centuries, the Spanish and their mighty galleon fleets, were the premier supplier of gold and silver coins for the world. However, during this adventurous age, it was inevitable that large amounts of Spanish treasure would be lost on land and at sea due to pirates, storms and other unforeseen misfortunes. Spanish coins, known as "cobs", that circulated in this epic era were hand struck from dies and cut to weight, making each a one of a kind piece of history. Minted in five denominations in silver, the largest was the 8 reales, famous in the colonies and among pirates as a “Piece of Eight”.