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PILLAR DOLLAR
This is a Spanish 8 reale piece that was the most popular in the American Colonies until 1857.  Known as “Pieces of Eight” because of how much the coin could get cut up into pieces to give change.  
The Pillar Dollar was also minted in 4,2, & 1 reales. & struck mostly in Mexico & Santiago, which was very rare. The obverse has two globes depicting the Old & New World.  On the reverse the Pillars of Hercules & the gates of the New World. 
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$3.60

Pillar Dollar
pillar dollar

PILLAR 4 REALES
The Pillar Dollar was also minted in 4,2, & 1 reales. & struck mostly in Mexico & Santiago, which was very rare. The obverse has two globes depicting the Old & New World.  On the reverse the Pillars of Hercules & the gates of the New World. 
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Pillar Dollar
pillar dollar back

PILLAR 2 REALES 1760
These Spanish coins were popular in the American colonies until 1857. They were struck in Mexico & Santiago, which was very rare. The obverse has two globes depicting the Old & New Worlds. On the reverse is the Pillars of Hercules & the gates of the New World. An Exact Replica SC-2A

$2.40

Pillar 2 Reales Pillar 2 Reales back

PILLAR 1 REALES 1770
These Spanish coins were popular in the American colonies until 1857. They were struck in Mexico & Santiago, which was very rare. The obverse has two globes depicting the Old & New Worlds. On the reverse is the Pillars of Hercules & the gates of the New World. An Exact Replica SC-2B

$1.50

Pillar 1 Reales Pillar 1 Reales back

SPANISH SILVER COB
This coin was minted in Mexico and was widely used in the American Colonies. The word "Cob" comes from a Spanish phrase " cabo de barra" meaning cut from a bar". The coins were sliced off Silver Bars & trimmed to weight and then struck using crude dies. They come in 8, 4, 2, & 1 Reales. Each of the reales has their value on the obverse. An Exact Replica SC-9

$1.20

Silver Cob front silver cob back

BUST PESO
This is an Spanish 8 reale Bust Peso that was popular in the American colonies.  It was often cut in halves or quarters to make change.  Thus the 4-bit & 2-bit.  The portrait of the King of Spain is on the obverse, on the reverse a pair of pillars separated by a crowned simple shield with lions, castles, pomegranate & the centralIzed three Fleur-de-Lis.  This was the fifth & final type of Spanish Colonial Silver coin designed in the New World from 1771-1825.
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Bust Peso
Bust Peso

TWO-BIT
Spanish Colonial mints existed in the New World long before there were mints in the U.S.  This coin like the 4-bit comes from the Spanish Bust Peso.  Colonists would cut the coin up in halves or “two-bits” (which to this day people still refer
to the quarter as “two-bits”) to give change.  For almost 300 years Spain had colonial rule on 12 different mints, including Mexico, Santo Domingo, Lima, Peru, Panama, Spain, Potosi, La Plata, & several more.
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Two bit coin
2 bit coin

FOUR-BIT
Spanish coins were popular in the American Colonies, because of the shortage of coins.  So the colonists welcomed the Spanish coins because silver was so scarce.  The colonies in order to keep the money flowing would cut the Spanish Bust Peso in half to give change.  Thus,
the name 4-bits.  The colonists would also melt down the silver to make there own coins or other miscellaneous items.
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4 bit coin
4 bit coin

SILVER COBS 8 REALES
These “Cobs” were also used in the American Colonies.  They were of a crude design.   They came in denominations of 4,2, & 1 reales.  Cob comes from a Spanish phrase “cabo de barra” meaning cut from a bar.  They were sliced off Silver bars & trimmed to weight & then struck using crude dies.
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$5.50

Silver cobb
Silver cobb 8

SILVER COBS 4 REALES
These “Cobs” were also used in the American Colonies.  They were of a crude design.   They came in denominations of 4,2, & 1 reales.  Cob comes from a Spanish phrase “cabo de barra” meaning cut from a bar.  They were sliced off Silver bars & trimmed to weight & then struck using crude dies.
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$2.60

Silver Cobb 4
Silver Cobb 4

SILVER COBS 2 REALES
These “Cobs” were also used in the American Colonies.  They were of a crude design.   They came in denominations of 4,2, & 1 reales.  Cob comes from a Spanish phrase “cabo de barra” meaning cut from a bar.  They were sliced off Silver bars & trimmed to weight & then struck using crude dies.
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$2.50

Silver cobb 2
Silver cobb 2

GOLD DOUBLOON 8 Escudos
In 1519, Hernan Cortez conquered Mexico
& forced the people to work the gold mines.
Yearly fleets would take thousands of
pounds of gold bars & gold coins back to
Spain in which many of them sank on there
journey.   Though gold coins were scarce in
the small colonies, these coins were plentiful
in the big cities.
The obverse consists of the pillars of Her-
cules & the coins denomination either 8,4,2,
&1 escudos.  The reverse depicts the towers
of Castile & the lions of Leon with a cross
which was used a guide to cut the coins in
half or quarters, if change was needed.
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Gold Doubloon
Gold Doubloon

GOLD DOUBLOON 4 Escudos
In 1519, Hernan Cortez conquered Mexico
& forced the people to work the gold mines.
Yearly fleets would take thousands of
pounds of gold bars & gold coins back to
Spain in which many of them sank on there
journey.   Though gold coins were scarce in
the small colonies, these coins were plentiful
in the big cities.
The obverse consists of the pillars of Her-
cules & the coins denomination either 8,4,2,
&1 escudos.  The reverse depicts the towers
of Castile & the lions of Leon with a cross
which was used a guide to cut the coins in
half or quarters, if change was needed.
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$2.20

Gold doubloon 4
Gold Doubloon 4

GOLD DOUBLOON 2 Escudos
The obverse consists of the pillars of Her-
cules & the coins denomination either 8,4,2,
&1 escudos.  The reverse depicts the towers
of Castile & the lions of Leon with a cross
which was used a guide to cut the coins in
half or quarters, if change was needed.
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$1.75

Doubloon 2 Reales
Doubloon 2 reales

GOLD DOUBLOON 1 Escudos
The obverse consists of the pillars of Her-
cules & the coins denomination either 8,4,2,
&1 escudos.  The reverse depicts the towers
of Castile & the lions of Leon with a cross
which was used a guide to cut the coins in
half or quarters, if change was needed.
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$1.40

Doubloon 1 reales Doubloon 1 REales

 

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