Coin, 8 Reales
Origin: Sub-America, Peru, Lima
Gift of the Lasser family
Acc. No. 1996-872,95
Obverse legend: "VTRAQUE VNUM *LM*1752*LM"
Reverse legend: "FERDND. VI.D.G.HISPAN.ET.IND.REX".
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 1752-dated coin.
Provenance:Galerie des Monnaies, 6/25/1976.