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Spanish Quartilla Coin Ring

Spanish Quartilla Coin Ring

   

Spanish Quarter Real coin in handmade 14Kt gold & sterling silver ring. Obverse: Medieval castle, mint on left, denomination on right, date below. Reverse: Rampant and crowned lion rearing left, signifying the Spanish family of LEON. Ruler: Ferdinand VII; Mint: Lima; Country: Peru; Date: 1818 Framing: 14Kt yellow gold and sterling silver with .04tw diamonds.   Certificate of Authenticity

First struck in Lima in 1796, the tiny quarter real, or “quartilla” was the only new type of coinage issued in Spain’s American colonies during the reign of Carlos IV, predecessor to Ferdinand VII. The first Ferdinand VII coinage was struck August 12, 1808. The quarter real issued 1808-16 was of the same Lion and Castle type as under previous rulers.

The Rimrac River is the primary source of fresh water in Lima, Peru. "Rimrac" is a native Indian name that translates to "talk". Consequently, Spanish colonists referred to the river as "El Rio Hablador" or the Talking River. For a period of several hundred years, Lima's residents veiwed the Talking River as a wishing well. To cast a small coin into its inviting waters was an assurance for the person or young couple seeking good fortune. In recent years, young boys who used the river for bathing discovered their own good fortune. Over the centuries, the mud banks of the river have captured and preserved literally thousands of small Spanish silver coins, similar to this one, minted between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

 

SKU NN-011811071002M
Our price $2,500.00
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