REPLICA PIECES OF EIGHT-Bits Set
3021 While these are wonderful replica coins, these are a favorite of parents and teachers who which to teach children fractions. The set contains 4 coins in all- one whole coin, one in cut in half, one in quarters and one in eighths. Another fun fact about early coins is that the expression 2 bits, which means a quarter comes from the fact that people cut coins, as in this set, to pay for their purchases. The "bits" comes from a cut into eighths.
DetailsSince early coins were valued by their weight and metal content rather than at “face value” as coins are today, the bearer of the coin could make change by breaking the coin into pieces. The Spanish Milled Dollar was known as a Piece of 8 because it was worth 8 reales, a common Spanish coin denomination. The expression “2 bits” to mean a quarter of a dollar comes from breaking the milled dollar into 8 “bits”.
539. Pieces of Eight, reproduction cast in lead-free Pewter
We have created a set of Pieces of Eight that includes one complete reproduction Spanish milled dollar along with 8 eighths (bits), 4 quarters, and 2 halves. Each set of pieces will re-assemble to form a complete, divided Spanish milled dollar, for a total of 4 milled dollars in the set. All castings are lead-free pewter to represent the appearance and weight of the original silver pieces. This set is packaged in a poly bag with history insert.
Please use good judgement about the age appropriateness of this coin set. This item coins small pieces which could be a choking hazard. We recommend adult supervision at all times with this item. 3021