SANTO DOMINGO 2 maravedis (1544-64 AD)


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, SANTO DOMINGO, Carlos and Juana, 1506-16, 2 maravedis, no date (1544-64 AD), Burgos mint, Obverse: crossed Gothic “J”s, Reverse: crowned pillars, P-S, copper, CCT-215, double struck reverse, crude, aVG

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The copper coins of Santo Domingo were made at the royal mint in the Spanish town of Burgos.

The Dominican Republic is the eastern half of the Caribbean island that Columbus named Hispaniola. He enslaved the native Taino people, who eventually died out, mostly of imported diseases. Santo Domingo was the first European style city built in the Americas, by Columbus in 1496. The French took half of the island in the 18th century. Independent Haiti conquered the Spanish side in the early 19th century. A war was fought for independence, which was obtained in 1844.

The North America category: the big three, the Central American nations, and a bunch of island nations and other political entities in the Caribbean Sea. Greenland we’re putting with Europe. By that criterion we should put Martinique and Aruba with Europe too, but we’re not. I’m not even sure why. Doesn’t matter anyway. Almost all of you are searching for modern coins by country, not by region.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.