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|Collection:||Coins & Medals|
|Date:||1795 - 1795|
|Manufacturer:||Mexico Mint - View history|
This countermarked Spanish silver dollar from the Mexico mint was used as official currency in Britain during the reign of George III. Due to an acute shortage of precious metal, the government decided to countermark the large numbers of captured Spanish American dollars that were already unofficially in circulation. They were issued in 1797 with a nominal value of four shillings and nine pence.
|Purchased from Bristol City Museum, 1971.|