Fused Gold Coins

Description
Physical Description
Gold coins fused by heat.
Specific History
This pile of five-peseta coins was fused together by the fire aboard the Spanish ship Infanta Maria Teresa, flagship of Admiral Pascual Cervera.
General History
Infanta Maria Teresa led the sortie out of Santiago Bay on July 3, 1898. As the flagship of Admiral Pascual Cervera, it drew the bulk of the American fire. The Teresa was seriously damaged and on fire. An attempt was made to ram Commodore Winfield Schley's flagship, USS Brooklyn, but when that failed, Admiral Cervera ran theTeresa ashore, allowing his crew to be saved. Despite being ravaged by fire and magazine explosions, the United States Navy believed the Teresa was salvageable. It was refloated and taken to Guantanamo Bay for preliminary repairs. As it was towed to Norfolk, Virginia, for rebuilding, it was caught in a tropical storm. The tow line was cut, and the Teresa was lost at sea.
associated place
Spain
Cuba
Physical Description
metal (overall connector/connecting technique)
Measurements
overall: 2 in x 4 3/4 in x 1/2 in; 5.08 cm x 12.065 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
AF.35389
catalog number
35389
accession number
91675
Credit Line
Henry Smith, USN (Ret.)
subject
Latino
Naval History
related event
Spanish-American War
The Emergence of Modern America
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Exhibition
"The Price of Freedom: Americans at War"
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

"Interesting items here. Just wanted to mention that 5 pesetas Spanish coins of that era are made of silver, not gold. "

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