Fused Gold Coins


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: SpainCuba

Subject: LatinoNaval HistoryRelated Event: Spanish-American WarThe Emergence of Modern America


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Henry Smith, USN (Ret.)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.35389Catalog Number: 35389Accession Number: 91675

Object Name: coins, batch of

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-8df1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_451447

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