Pieces of Eight | A Predatory World | 1oz Silver BU

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Silver Shield Pieces of Eight | A World of Plunder | 1 troy oz BU .999 Fine Silver

Avast Ye Lads & Lassies! Plunder the coffers of SDBullion with these stunning Pieces of Eight: the first Silver Bullion coin commemorating both the original Spanish Pieces of Eight silver coins, and Pirate lore!

The new Silver Shield Pieces of Eight physically represents the deadly history of silver. Praedatum In Mundo translates into “A Predatory World” that defines the struggle of man against nature to extract this rare, precious metal, but also violent clash of civilizations to control the treasure of the world.

The ocean and sky in the background of the Silver Shield Pieces of Eight represent the treacherous seas that would claim many a men in search of this glorious treasure. Explorers sought to find new trading routes with Asia soon discovered the new world and all of it’s riches.

The Silver Shield Pieces of Eight has an Aztec inspired lower border that represents the powerful Native American empires that arose long before European discovery. The Aztecs, Mayans and Incas as well as many more Native American tribes conquered the Americas and spread their power throughout the Western Hemisphere. That is until another predatory power came to the new world...

The Spanish Conquistadors brought Christianity, brutal tactics and most importantly disease to conquer the indigenous populations and steal their natural wealth. Perhaps the most brutal example of the dangers and deaths associated with silver, is the legendary Cerro de Potosí mine in Bolivia. The Potosí mine was known as the mountain “made of silver” or the “mountain that eats men”. Since the Spanish first forced indigenous populations to mine the mountain, an estimated 8 million souls have died mining silver out of that one mountain. It is said that with the amount of silver taken from Potosí, the Spanish could have built a bridge of silver back to Spain. Local legends also say that they could build a second bridge back to the new world from the bones of the men that perished in the mining of that silver.

Despite and estimated 33 million Indigenous People and African slaves that worked the Potosí mine over the past 500 years, she is still yielding silver today. At over 15,000 feet above sea level, young boys as young as 14 years old work all day in medieval conditions hauling rock on their backs or breaking the rock with hammer and iron chisel. To think that even today, these boys risk their lives to work in brutal conditions in the dark for $14 a day is amazing. Everyday, they face almost certain death from either the dangers of the job, or if they are lucky enough to get to their 40’s, they will certainly face numerous lung diseases associated with this dangerous job.

As powerful as the Spanish Empire was, soon other colonial powers sought to dominate the nature and their fellow man. The eight swords of the Silver Shield Pieces of Eight represent the 8 great colonial powers that fought countless wars in dominating the world. Spain, England, France, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, The United States and Belgium all fought in foreign lands for the natural resources of other poorer people. This colonial warmongering continues to this day with the resource wars in the Middle East and Asia.

And no matter how powerful any one nation or empire is, on the open sea they were all subject to yet another predatory power, the Pirate. Despite the very bad reputation of the pirates, they actually had a very egalitarian code among them. It gives us a strong example of a true democracy that would put modern American democracy to shame. Pirates not only directly voted for their captain, but they also had the power to depose their captain at any time. Pirates also had a worker’s comp program that stated that if any pirate should become a cripple or lose a limb in service that they would receive 800 Pieces of Eight from the common stock.

The Silver Shield Pieces of Eight was styled after the original Spanish Dollar or Eight Reales coin. Like the original Spanish Dollar, the twin pillars of Hercules are adorned with the early manifest destiny motto of the Spanish Empire, PLVS VLTR, or "further beyond". These adorned pillars are also the reason why we have the dollar sign ($) today. For many years of the early American history, the Spanish Dollar was used as an official currency of the new colonies.

The Spanish influence on the American monetary system is still evident today. The original Spanish Dollar was a one ounce silver coin was valued at eight reales. This "piece of eight” could be fractioned into halves (four reales) or quarters (two reales) much as we do with modern dollars. These "pieces of eight” were also why the stock market traded stocks for hundreds of years measured in 1/8 until the decimalization in 2001.

Like the original Spanish Dollar, the only way to cut the Pieces of Eight into it’s eight pieces, is a lot of effort and strong tools. Unlike the original Spanish Dollar, Silver Shield Pieces of Eight has a unique reverse that shows the purity and weight of the (8) 1/8 oz pure silver pieces of the 1 ounce pure silver strike. If you do manage to cut this into eighths, each piece of eight would have a unique colonial power sword on the obverse.

Dead men tell no tales, and neither will ye unless ye smartly secure the motherload before she sails away!

Specifications:
1 troy oz .999 fine silver
Diameter: 40 mm
Multiples of 20 coins ship in original mint tube

The Silver Shield Pieces of Eight is a 1 ounce Brilliant Uncirculated strike available now at SDBullion!

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Pieces of Eight | A Predatory World | 1oz Silver BU

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Very nice looking coin. in mint condition at a good price as usual. I buy most of my silver here. Thanks Doc
one month ago
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Amazing coin! A lot of great details and a great design
one month ago
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This is a great coin. I really like the pirate themed coins.
2 months ago
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I bought Nine of these. Love it
2 months ago
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Great condition, nice detailed coin.
2 months ago
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Excellent product from Silver Shield. Not a troy ounce?
3 months ago
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My second order on these. Love 'em.
3 months ago
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Coolest thing I've bought in awhile. I bought a dozen coins to give away to friends and family. I gave about half of them and some other gifts to a friend that let me and my boys hunt deer on his property this year. Everyone thinks they are great. I settled on this coin because of the pirate looking skull and the Latin words on the coin "PRAEDATUM IN MUNDO" means "PREDATORY WORLD". I thought that fit since we would be hunting deer. Also the price was decent over spot silver. Thanks SD BULLION !
4 months ago
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Great art and amazing detail.
5 months ago
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Beautiful piece of silver can't go wrong with this.Chris Duane and Silver Shield produce a very collectable round.
5 months ago
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I bought only 2 "two pieces of eight. "They are great! I had very fast delivery from SD Bullion. Have never dealt with them in the past but will in the future!
6 months ago
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Nice quality coins, good stuff!
6 months ago
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Very Nice bullion piece. For those looking to stack bullion a few of these can't hurt.
6 months ago
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My brother in law is big into the pirate theme and a collector of pirate decor. I thought these "pieces of eight" would be perfect for him as a gift. They were shipped promptly and were absolutely beautiful in there detail, content and luster. I kept one and sent the other on to him. I could not be more pleased with my order or with SD Bullion for there product and service!
6 months ago
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Very neat round! Tons of detail
6 months ago
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A very cool coin with great detail, I will be buying more of them!
7 months ago
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Cool product will consider more of these!
7 months ago
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Coins arrived as described and are an excellent addition to my silver collection. Wife liked the design compared to other coins that I have purchased. I will be doing business again and purchasing more from SD Bullion.
8 months ago
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I won't buy from anyone else. Been with the "Doc" for three years.
9 months ago
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I'm stashing silver coins for my daughters when I have passed away and I really like being able to choose from so many beautiful coins to add to the collection.
9 months ago
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Very unique and intricate work
9 months ago
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Very nice shine, better than expected.