By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins
No, it’s not a Spanish-American gold doubloon, though that would be nice. On a recent Internet shopping venture I located an exonumia classic that needed to be in my collection. To become a part of my collection, the key word for any item is “neat,” and this piece certainly makes the grade. The item in question is made of back-to-back Mexican 8 Reales coins, each lightly dished so as to form a pocket between the two coins.