C. 1779 Intriguing Carolus III Mexico 8 Reales coin silver brooch/pin. Depicts a circulated, (Mexico minted) dollar coin stamped with several Chinese chopmarks. Ornamented with a substantial coin silver (jeweler tested) rope bezel & attached pinback/fastener. The tube hinge & c-clasp fastener date the manufacture of the brooch to about 1880. In good (polished) condition with age-expected wear visible. The pinback is slightly bent. Consistent with age & use. A piece of Spanish colonial history --- ready to wear!
Dimensions: 1.77" diameter x 0.33"
Weight: 42 gms total (Coin only: approx. 27 grams of .900 silver)
More Info: The trans-oceanic trade of the 17th & 18th century was facilitated by Spanish silver 8-reales "dollars" from the mints of the Spanish Empire. These silver coins were the preferred method of payment with China for their silk & precious tea. Chinese merchants would stamp Chinese characters onto the coins in order to validate weight, authenticity & silver content.
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