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Ocho reales

The standard silver coin of Spain and its American colonies. The first dollar-sized coin of the Americas was minted in 1538 at the new Mexico City mint, housed in the Hernan Cortes residence, it was a Carlos-Juana, �Early Series.� This coin could be the first 8 reales of all the Spanish empire, because Spain�s first 8-reales coins may have been struck after 1538. Over centuries this coin acquired many names: real de a ocho, (in Spain) patac�n, patag�n, peso duro and peso fuerte.

Source: Numiscadero Spanish to English Glossary (Gary Beals)
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