King Philip II Spanish Half Real Pendant

Item #4360
$720.00

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  • Colonial Spanish Half Real. Date: 1571 - 1589
  • Monarch: Philip II
  • Mint: Mexico City. Assayer: "O" Bernardo de Onate
  • Grade: Very Fine
  • Silver Coin in 14k White Gold Pendant, Weight 4.3g
  • Framed Coin Size: 21.5mm Diameter, with 6mm Bail Opening for Necklace
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This is a genuine Spanish silver coin that was minted in Mexico City during the rule of King Philip II. The Spanish opened their first New World mint in Mexico City in 1535. The obverse of this coin features a cross with lions and castles and the reverse shows the Latin monogram of Philip II with the assayer "O" mintmark. From the House of Habsburg, Philip ruled during the "Golden Age of Spain", with territories and colonies in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceana. Under the Spanish Habsburgs rule in the 16th & 17th centuries, Spain reached the peak of its political and economic strength when its Empire became the foremost global power.
With the discovery of untold riches that were mined in the Americas, the Spanish and their mighty galleon fleets, became the premier supplier of gold and silver coins for the world. This vastly increased the shipping trade and made many merchants wealthy, both in Spain and in the Colonies. 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. Minted in five denominations in silver, the largest was the 8 reales, famous in the colonies and among pirates as a “piece of eight.” Cob coinage with their unusual shapes are all unique and each is a one of a kind piece of history.