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18th Century Countermarked Dollar on Spanish 8 Reales

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1971N602
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1795 - 1795

Maker Information

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.

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:Georgian
Denomination:Silver dollar, countermarked
Currency:Great Britain
Place of Origin:Mexico

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Diameter:39 mm