Hernan Cortez conquered Mexico in 1519, & forced the people, mostly native Indians to work mining both Gold & Silver. Both metals were mined by the tons refined & cast into bars. They were also formed into coins of specific weights & sizes. Irregular shapes of some gold doubloons were made from crude dies. They were struck manually by heavy hammers from slices of cast round bars then trimmed to their proper weight. Other doubloons were produced by mechanical means by being formed rolled into sheets & pressed. These coins were uniform in shape & size. The ship in this set is the East Indiaman the largest of all Merchant Ships. They ranged in size from 500 to 1200 tons.
These coins are Replicas, cast in lead-free pewter & gold finish 22k Gold.
4 COINS AND A CHARM
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