1797 Silver Piece of Eight Antique Coin
This silver piece of eight, or Spanish colonial 8 Reales, was the precursor to the U.S. Silver Dollar. Front side: profile of King Charles of Spain in soldier's dress with laurel wreath and CAROLUS IIII DEI GRATIA 1797 (Charles IV, by the Grace of God) inscribed around the edge. Reverse side: HISPAN ET IND REX M 8R F M (an abbreviation for King of the Spain and Indies) and the denomination of "8R" for 8 Reales with a design of the crowned Spanish arms between the Pillars of Hercules. Silver pieces of eight were legal tender in the U.S. until 1857.
Diameter is approximately 38 mm
This is an original coin, not a reproduction
Antique money is NON-RETURNABLE