14 December 2000
Pair of fused silver coins attached to small piece of wood. 1850 Mexican 8 Reales and Liberty Seated Half Dollar. Two coins fused together by mineral encrustation with a thin piece of wood still fused to the half dollar, likely the bottom of whatever chest or crate in which these coins were stored.
The Mexican eight reales appears to have very little circulation and most salient details are visible, including a fortunately placed and still bold date. Less of the half dollar is visible, as the piece of wood obscures one entire side. A fascinating juxtaposition of the two principal circulating silver coins of the West. Mexican eight reales enjoyed currency worldwide as a dominant circulating silver piece and U.S. half dollars of the Capped Bust and Liberty Seated types likewise traded internationally in the shadow of Mexican four reales, whose mintage figures were a tiny fraction of their larger brethren's production. Interesting and important.
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