Almost exactly three hundred years ago In October or early November 1722, the South Sea Company’s flagship merchant trading vessel – the Royal George – slipped its moorings in Cartagena – in what is now Colombia – and set sail for Falmouth. She was on the return leg of her maiden voyage and was carrying a fabulously rich cargo including around one million “pieces of eight” as well as other high value goods such as cochineal and indigo…
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An excellent summary about the SSC coins. Coins are a window on the economic and political history of their times; more than just a study of numismatics as important as this is to us. A splendid contribution for which I extend my appreciation.
Thank you for your generous comment. It’s exactly why I wrote the short piece. I hope others also appreciate it.