Denomination: 1/2 Real Date: 16 -18th CenturyRegion: New World Mint: PotosiDescription:This beautiful silver coin was apart of the treasure of the new world being shipped home to Spain. A delay in getting the coins from the mint in Potosi prevented the Santa Maria De La Consolacion from sailing with the rest of the Armada from Callao, Chile. Spanish Conquistadors and Missionaries flocked to the Americas in search of wealth or in hopes of spreading the Gospelin the New World. Most of the mineral wealth they could gather was melted and turned into coins, which were struck, loaded onto ships, and sent across the Atlantic Ocean to the King ofSpain. Because of the haste from mine to mint, to shipping, and the crudity of the technology of the times, the detail of the coins is rarely clear. These historic coins are known to Collectors as “cobs” and the abbreviation of the Spanish term for “Cabo De Berra” meaning cut from the end of the bar. Although the full details israrely clear because of the ragged shape, the front features a cross, that ranges from a plain cross to one with bars on the end, known as a “Jerusalem Cross.” The reverse depicts the crest of either the Hapsburgs or the Bourbons, powerful Europeanfamilies who ruled in Spain.Advantages: This bracelet is completely unisex and could appeal to anyone from a student to a history buff, to people that love antiques, to anyone who appreciates beauty and historic events. This bracelet makes for a great conversation piece as well as a meaningful gift. The jewelry made in the US.The piece comes with Certificate of Authenticity of the Coin.Workmanship is guaranteed. Jewelry Maintenance:1. Avoid chemicals. Do not wear to hot tubs or sea. 2. To clean use a silver cloth on the silver and avoid the coin. Absolutely NO JEWELRY CLEANERS!3. Best preserved in ziplock bag when not worn.