How Was The “Pieces of Eight” Coin Cut into Bits?

The Spanish colonial empire controlled the massive Potosí silver mine in Bolivia, which produced most of the silver in the world. Here the Spanish minted a silver dollar, which became known as “pieces of eight” in the English-speaking world. The…

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Erik Engheim

Erik Engheim

Geek dad, living in Oslo, Norway with passion for UX, Julia programming, science, teaching, reading and writing.