Coin, 8 Reales
Origin: Sub-America, Mexico, Mexico City
Gift of the Lasser family
Acc. No. 1996-872,195
Obverse legend: "VTRA QUE VNUM *Mo 1744 Mo"
Reverse legend: "HISPAN.ETIND REX*PHILIP.V.D. G."
Label:The nickname "piece of eight" referred to a Spanish colonial silver coin of dollar size, officially worth 8 reales. Much like the gold doubloons, the earlier types of pieces of eight were irregularly shaped cobs. After 1732, the Spanish colonial mints began fazing them out in favor of a "milled" coin, which also received a nickname: the "Pillar dollar," like this 1744-dated coin.
Provenance:Harmer Rooke Numismatists, 1976.