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Object Name COIN
Catalog Number 0985.03.00215
Date 1776
Description The coin is a Spanish American two real, worth a quarter dollar. The coin consists of silver, with an almost illegible inscription in many places. The obverse is marked "1776 GRATIA" and has a profile face. The reverse has a crowned coat-of-arms with a Latin inscription.
Material metal (silver)
Dimensions Dia-1 inches
Made Lima, Peru
Event Battle of Seven Pines / Fair Oaks
Provenance This coin was picked up at Seven Pines battlefield. This Spanish silver two real piece, one-quarter dollar, was minted in 1776, when Charles III was King of Spain. This coin came from the Spanish mint in Lima, Peru. A Spanish dollar was divided into eight (8) reals, which were called "bits' in this country; hence two (2) bits equals $.25, or one quarter-dollar. United States coinage was based on that of Spain. Spanish coins, mostly from mints in Spanish America, circulated as legal tender in the United States until 1857. A Confederate law of May 14, 1861, officially rated the U. S. and Mexican (Spanish) dollar coins at $1.05 in Confederate currency.
Search Terms found on battlefield
Spain
Peninsula Campaign
Battle of Seven Pines / Fair Oaks
Subjects Money
Currency
Coins