National Geographic : 1975 Aug
If money could talk, the silver recovered from Slot ter Hooge might coin new footnotes to the history of Dutch seafaring. "We found an incredible variety," says the author. "Spanish pieces of eight, ducatoons, tiny dubbelstuivers." Minted primarily in Mexico City, the pieces of eight-pesos worth eight reals-were the in ternationally accepted currency of the age. Seven monarchs are represented in the collection (partly shown above), which includes this 1704 ducatoon bearing the likeness of Spain's King Philip V (left), whose puffy profile seems to belie his sobriquetElAnimoso-TheSpirited One. A mounted knight gives another ducatoon (left, center) its name: zilverijder-silverrider. Like undersea shoppers, a rainbow wrasse and a Guinean puffer (far left) seem to examine coins fused into a lump. 271 . IAMR.