Provoking thoughts of blackhearted pirates, buried treasure and adventures on the high seas, this value-for-money issue is an accurate full-size replica of an 18th century Spanish-American Silver 8 Reales – the legendary Piece of Eight!

Known as a Spanish Silver Dollar, and as a Piece of Eight because it was often cut in eight pieces to create a lower denomination, the Silver 8 Reales was the world’s leading international trade coin in the 17th and 18th centuries. This period was also known as the Golden Age of Piracy, and ships sailing the seven seas in pursuit of trade would often have their cargoes of Spanish Silver plundered by pirates. Indeed, the Piece of Eight is as associated with pirates as walking the plank, Davy Jones’ locker and classic phrases such as ‘shiver me timbers’!

The Silver 8 Reales also played a key role in Australia’s history. As the coin was trusted and accepted worldwide, it naturally made its way to Australian shores after European Settlement in 1788. Indeed, the importance of the coin was such that it was included in the Proclamation of 1800 – Australia’s first official currency system. Ensuring eternal fame, the Piece of Eight was also used to create the rare, iconic 1813 Holey Dollar & Dump – Australia’s first locally struck coins. Costing hundreds of dollars, not everyone can afford an original Spanish-American Silver 8 Reales – but everyone can enjoy this full-size, accurate, double-sided replica! Measuring 38mm in diameter and struck from pewter, the Pirate Money Piece
of Eight Replica is presented in a colourful card, complete with a “what’s your pirate name?” table on the back!

A high-quality recreation of one of the world’s most famous coins, representing fantastic value-for-money, the Pirate Money Piece of Eight Replica would make a great gift.

 

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SKU 10505
Brand Downies

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