Tom Kays writes:
In answer to Chris Faulkner's recent E-Sylum question about the metrology of pillar dollars, see www.dinsdoc.com/sumner-1.htm
Author: Sumner, W. G.
Title: "The Spanish Dollar and the Colonial Shilling."
Citation: American Historical Review 3 (July 1898): 607-19.
THE SPANISH DOLLAR AND THE COLONIAL SHILLING
THE object of the present paper is to state the results of an investigation of two questions: (1) What ought the Spanish piece of eight to have been, in weight and fineness, according to the mint laws of Spain, when it was adopted into the monetary system of Anglo-America? and (2) what was it in fact by weight and assay?
Alan Luedeking writes:
The obvious choice for all of them is Humberto F. Burzio's superb Diccionario de la Moneda Hispano-Americana.
For even more detailed information, also consult Buzio's La Ceca de Lima, 1565 - 1824, and La Ceca De La Villa Imperial De Potosí Y La Moneda Colonial.
For Mexico also consult Alberto Francisco Pradeau's 4-volume work The Numismatic History of Mexico.
Many thanks to all of our readers who responded, including Ray Williams.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: SPANISH-AMERICAN EIGHT REALES METROLOGICAL DATA SOUGHT
Wayne Homren, Editor
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