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Lima, Peru, Spanish Colonial America, Carlos IV, 2 Reals, 1801 IJ
WO50981. Silver SCWC KM 95, F, weight 5.895 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 0o, Lima mint, 1801; obverse DEI•GRATIA - CAROLUS•III•, laureate, armored and draped bust right, •1801• below; reverse •HISPAN•ET•IND•REX•LMAE•2R•I•J• (LMAE ligate - Lima mint mark), crowned arms between pillars; SOLD
El Cazador Shipwreck, Milled bust type 8 reales "bust dollar", dated 1783, Charles III, assayer FF
The El Cazador, a Spanish brigantine of war, was lost without a trace in the winter of 1784 while on route from Vera Cruz Mexico to the port of New Orleans. The wreck site was accidentally discovered on August 2, 1993 by a fishing vessel working the area. The treasure of the El Cazador, consisting of over 400,000 Spanish 8 reales and an equal amount of smaller denomination Spanish colonial coins from the Mexico City mint, was intended to stabilize the Spanish monetary system in colonial North America. Her loss contributed to Spain's eventual conveyance of Louisiana to France's Napoleon in 1800. The rest is history, as three years later in 1803, Napoleon of France sold Louisiana to the United States, instantly doubling the size of the country.WO21149. Silver 8 reales, weight 24.380 g, maximum diameter 39.2 mm, die axis 0o, Mexico City mint, 1783; SOLD
Lima, Peru, Spanish Colonial America, Charles III, 2 Reals, 1785 MI
The M and I at the end of reverse legend are initials of the assayers: Manuel Iglesia Abarca and Ignacio Zenón de Galvez. Struck in 90.3% silver.WO47504. Silver Cayon-Castan 11647, Cdb: L170479, weight 6.214 g, maximum diameter 28.5 mm, die axis 0o, Lima mint, 1785; obverse DEI•GRATIA - CAROLUS•III•, laureate, armored and draped bust right, •1785• below; reverse •HISPAN•ET•IND•REX•LMAE•2R•M•I• (LMAE ligate - Lima mint mark), crowned arms between pillars; SOLD