First Read: Chopmarked Coins: A History; the silver coins used in China 1600 …

First Read: Chopmarked Coins: A History; the silver coins used in China 1600 …

Spanish silver 8-reales “dollars” from Mexico, Peru, and other mints, became a standard for international trade and commerce. For 250 years, merchants wanting to do business in China often bought Spanish and then Mexican coins, usually with gold. By

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