Collection: El Cazador

The rise of paper currency made the economy in Spanish colonies unstable. In order to pay his men and stimulate Louisiana's territory, King Carlos III commanded a ship filled with silver money be sent to New Orleans. The ship, “El Cazador” had 450,000 Spanish reales when it sank in the Gulf of Mexico. What unfolded next arguably changed the future of the U.S. Historians speculate Spain wouldn't have given the territory to France if the ship had made it. Eventually, the U.S. acquired it for 15 million dollars in 1803 from the French, instantly doubling the country. The coins of this wreck are considered rare because of the abundance of the Pillar Dollar Reale on board, rather than the more common portrait style of the time. The double pillars with surrounding ribbons that are featured on the reverse of the coin became the inspiration for the U.S. dollar sign!

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