Description:This is a genuine Spanish colonial silver coin that was minted in the 17th century South American mint of Potosi, Peru. Over 300 years ago, coins minted here began the perilous journey to Spain in a South Sea galleon sailing from Lima to Panama, where they were then transported by mules overland to the Caribbean port of Portobello.
From there, these treasure coins were loaded on another galleon sailing en route to Cartagena and then Havana. Other ships bringing treasure from Mexico and as far away as Asia, via the Manila Galleons, rendezvoused in Havana for the convoy of the Spanish West Indies Fleets' return to Spain. Although Spainís mighty armada strove diligently to deliver the wealth to the King, both pirates and bad weather became such obstacles that many galleons were lost at sea.
This coin was minted during the reign of King Philip IV. From the House of Habsburg, Philip ruled during the "Golden Age of Spain" with territories and colonies in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceana. The obverse of this coin features a Jerusalem cross with castles and lions in the quarters and the reverse depicts the Pillars of Hercules with the date, mintmark and assayer. Spanish coinage of this historical period was hand struck from dies and cut to weight, making each a one of a kind piece of history.