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  • Spanish 1/2 Reales, Dated 1738 and 1748
  • Monarchs: Philip V & Ferdinand VI
  • Mint: Madrid, Spain. Assayers: JF and JB
  • Grade: Very Fine
  • Silver Coins in 14k Gold Earrings
  • Framed Coin Size (Each): 17.5mm Diameter, Weight 2.9g (each)
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These Spanish silver coins were minted in Madrid, Spain during the reigns of Philip V and Ferdinand VI. The obverse side features a cross with castles and lions in the quarters and the Latin legend HISPANIARVM REX "King of Spain.” The reverse shows the crowned coat of arms with the legends PHILIP PVS V D G "Philip V by the grace of God" and FERDINAND VI D G "Ferdinand VI by the grace of God." Philip was the first King of Spain from the House of Bourbon and ruled from 1700 - 1746. His son, Ferdinand VI was King from 1746 until his death in 1759.
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 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. Each surviving coin from this epic era is a one-of-a-kind piece of history.