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Spanish Silver Half Dollar, 1788

Spanish Silver Half Dollar, 1788

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Description (Brief)
One (1) 8 real coin, cut in half
Mexico, 1788
Obvese Image: Half of a portrait of Charles III.
Obverse Text: DEI / GRATIA / 88
Reverse Image: Pillar and half a shield with castle on top and lion on bottom.
Reverse Text: REX / M / R / F / M
This Mexican silver coin was minted in 1788. It was cut in half and bears half a portrait of Charles III, the former King of Spain, and is engraved with the unfinished inscription “Dei Gratia 88.”
Object Name
date made
Charles III
Mexico City Mint
place made
place of issue
Physical Description
silver (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 3.8 cm x 2.2 cm x.2 cm; 1 1/2 in x 7/8 in x 3/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Joseph B. Stack
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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