More Americain Silver Coins

Non-US silver coins from the Americas.

Peru’s Silver Reales

Peru’s first silver reales were struck during their war for independence in 1822 and continued minting them through 1863.  The Republic of Peru’s striving for independence from Spain began with minor skirmishes before 1810.  Peru finally won its freedom in 1824.  However Peru was not yet free of internal and external strife at this time.  … Continue reading »

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Peru Silver Sol Coins

Peru’s One Sol Silver Coins were minted in 1864 through 1935 and can be separated into three Types.  Type I contains 90% silver was issued from 1864 to 1916 they weigh (24.8) (24.78) 25.000 grams (0.80 troy ounces) and has a total silver content of 0.7234 troy ounces.  Then Peru changed the content to 50% … Continue reading »

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Peru Silver Dinero Coins

Peru’s Silver Dinero Coins were created when Peru adopted the decimal system for their currency.  The “Dinero” is one tenth of a sol and have a value of ten “Centavo”.  These were also struck in 90% fine silver beginning in 1863 through 1877 with assayers’ initials “Y.B.” and “Y.J.”.  The dinero were not minted again … Continue reading »

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Milled Bust Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

The Fifth style is the “Milled Bust” has the monarch on the obverse and the two pillars are on the reverse on either side of the Spanish coat of arms.  These were struck from 1771 to 1825 from the mints at Mexico City (1771-1821), Lima (1772-1824), Bogota (1772-1820 all of which are rare), Potosi (1773-1825), … Continue reading »

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Milled Pillar Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

Milled coins started replacing the cob coins with the fourth design, “Milled Pillar”, which were struck from 1732 to 1772.  This is a variation of the “Pillar with Waves” design and between the two pillars are two globes of the New and Old Worlds and a large crown over both.  These were minted in Mexico … Continue reading »

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“Shield” Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

King Philip II had been given the thrown of Spain by his Father Charles V Empire of the Holy Roman Empire in 1556 and during 1572 he had the silver coins being minted in the Spanish colonies in the Americas redesigned.  The second type is called a “Shield” real and was minted from 1572 to … Continue reading »

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“Pillars and Waves” Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

The “Pillars and Waves” Spanish Colonial Silver Reales were the last design to be hammer struck.  “Pillars with Waves” were minted from 1651 to 1773 and their obverse design is very similar to the “Pillars” however the ocean is replaced with pronounced waves.  There are also parallel lines above and below the motto allowing the … Continue reading »

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“Pillars” Spanish Colonial Reales

From 1536 to 1572 the first silver real type was minted in Mexico City (Mexico), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), and Lima (Peru).  This type is called a “Pillars” real because its obverse has two crowned pillars rising from the ocean in the center of its obverse. King Charles I of Spain later became Charles V … Continue reading »

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Spanish Colonial Silver Reales: An Overview

The Spanish Reales started being minted in the New World as a way of providing coinage for merchants.  For a fee reales were struck in the mints in the silver producing lands in the Americas.  The reel was set as being equal to 34 maravedies which is a Spain’s base metal coins’ unit.  The fee … Continue reading »

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Argentina Silver Coins – A Brief History

Argentina’s silver coins fall into a number of types.  There are those from the Spanish colonial era, and then the French sol after the King of Spain abdicated to Napoleon.  Then there are those that were minted during the wars of independence, those minted during Argentina’s various provincial alliances, and finally of the Republic of … Continue reading »

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