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1800 Chile 8 Reales Silver Santiago Carlos IIII XF/AU
1800 Eight Reales Spanish Silver Struck at Santiago, Chile AU
The Spanish Milled Dollar had a denomination of 8 Reales and was known as a "Piece of Eight." These were the coins that pirates fought for and were the principal coins of the American colonists. This example was struck at the mint in Santiago, Chile in 1800 - a year after George Washington's death! It grades About Uncirculated (AU). Only 184,000 of these Silver-Dollar-sized coins were struck.
Spanish colonial milled bust coins were struck throughout most of the years of Spanish colonial rule in the New World. These various coin series ended as regions began to win their independence from Spain. The Carlos IV 8 Reales were struck from 1791-1808. It's an important coin for U.S. coin collectors, because the Second Continental Congress made them legal tender in the United States, and they circulated heavily in the early U.S. all the way up to 1857.
The obverse features the bust of the King of Spain. The legend reads CAROLUS IIII – DEI GRATIA, as well as date. The reverse shows a pair of pillars that are separated by a crowned shield with lions, pomegranate, castles, and the centralized three Fleurs-de-Lis design. The legend reads HISPAN ET IND REX 8R AJ with "So" mintmark.
|Year of Issue||1800|
|Mint Name||U.S. Mint|
|Coin Weight||27 Grams - g|
|Weight||1 Ounce - oz|