cardinal

2012 2014 2016 2017 2018
Current
Rank
2
Set
Complete
100.00%
Set
Rating
64.667
GPA with
Top Bonuses
64.667
GPA
Weighted
64.167

Retired Statistics 10/29/2018

Rank
1
Complete
100.00%
Set
Rating
64.667
GPA
Weighted
64.167
About This Set: While foreign coins were officially accepted as legal tender in the United States up until 1857, the Spanish Milled Coinage held a special importance worldwide. Indeed, Spanish Milled coins were universally accepted and circulated around the world for 60 years before the U.S. even had its own mint!

The famous silver 8 Reales coin, known more commonly as the "Spanish Dollar" or "Pieces of 8," created the international standard for silver coinage. So revered for its silver content, the Spanish Dollar still circulated even when it was literally cut up into smaller pieces!

With such universal acceptance, the Spanish Dollar served as the model for U.S. Silver coinage. The 8 Reales denomination was the equivalent of the U.S. Dollar, while the 4 Reales denomination was the equivalent of the U.S. half dollar. Similarly, the 2 Reales denomination, represented a quarter dollar, and it is the reason why the U.S. Quarter is sometimes referred to as "Two Bits," as it represents two pieces of the Pieces of 8.

The Spanish standard also provided for lesser denominations of 1 Reale, and 1/2 Reale, representing 12-1/2 cents and 6-1/4 cents, respectively. Such odd denominations seem very curious today; however, during their time in circulation, many other odd foreign denominations were also in circulation -- such as the British farthing and shilling, and the French franc and ecu. Just imagine the quandary faced by shopkeepers of the day, making change for customers!!

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