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17 Sep 2020

The Fifty States of Coinage- Part 9- Florida

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Hello Folks. And today, we will head down to the Sunshine State to go eat some tangerines. (Just Kidding). Today, we are going to look at Florida Coins.

Florida was first mentioned by Europeans by Juan Ponce de Leon, a man of Spanish origin, who gave it the name Florida, seeing all the flowers there. Florida was an important area for Spain, and the War of Jenkins' Ear was fought over the Spaniards trying to protect Florida, after enraging the British after physically CUTTING OFF an ambassador's ear. Florida, in 1827, was admitted as a state after being ceded to the United States by Spain. During the Civil War, Florida was one of the 7 original states to succeed from the union. During the 1950's, many Cubans from Cuba fled for the United States after the late Fidel Castro and co. took over. The Cubans fled to Miami.

Today, Florida is a melting pot of cultures, including African-American, Cuban, Seminole, just to name a few. Florida has become a economic powerhouse, becoming the number one state in the US for tourism. Famous people from Florida include Osceola, Bob Ross, Fay Dunway, and Flo Rida.

Obviously, first to mind is the 50 State and ATB (America the Beautiful, because I am tired of spelling it out) quarters. On the 50 state Quarter is a ship, an stretch of land, and a space shuttle lifting off into space. On the bottom of the coin is "Gateway to Discovery" demonstrating how not only Florida is an economic powerhouse, but it has been the gateway to discovery for many people, including de Leon and the NASA folks manning the Space Shuttle (RIP Columbia/Challenger). For your viewing enjoyment, I have including a proposed design.

On the ATB quarter, is a montage of the Everglades. This coin features a heron, standing in some marshland. This coin was released in 2014.

On the topic of Florida, lets talk about Spanish Coins!

For those who didn't know, Spanish coins where legal tender until the 1856 introduction of the small cent into circulation. These were often used more than early American coinage. Many people back in the day had never seen a real American coin; quite to the contrary, they had been using the Spanish cobs for many years.

Technically, these Spanish coins were cobs before around 1750. These were crudely struck pieces, struck in Mexico City then sent to Florida for circulation there. Most often, you will see King Phillip II cobs for Charles III cobs. They are listed in the red book, and for coins in EF state will set you back about 400-800 dollars.

After production got better, people began referring to these Spanish coins as pieces of eight, or reales (This is where we get all the names for our coins, and the terms 8-bit, 4-bit, and 2-bit.) These coins had two sides, unlike their crude cob counterparts. On the front, was a caesaresque likeness of the monarch. Mostly, these images were beefed up images. On the back, was the coat of arms, like their cob counterparts. Most specimens you may find are Ferdinand VI and VII, Phillip V, and Charles III and IV. During the time span that citizens could redeem these for the new cents, many of the redeemed coins where melted. A good, EF coin may set you back 100-300 dollars.

Thank you, and later, I am headed home to the home of @AJ, @YoloBagels, and I!



Level 6

Very well done. I would love to go see the reptiles there. While there maybe I can find Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth. I can use a drink or two. Thanks. fun blog.


Level 6

I have never been to Florida, maybe someday, now that I live in Pennsy. Thanks for your research, it's a fun series.


Level 5

I have lived in Florida, near Coral Gables, visited Florida numerous times, my aunt and cousin lived in Lakeland and I was stationed in Hinesville, Ga. right across the Florida line. Therefore, I visited Jacksonville almost every weekend. What's strange is that every once in a while I clean out the coins from my car which I did yesterday. I found 2 of the Florida quarters, the state and the ATB ! Great post and thanks for the history!


Level 5

Having previously admitted that I was never totally into the various state quarter issues, I did however, really like the design with the Space Shuttle. Thanks again for the enjoyable blog. I like the informative way you lay it out, always full of knowledge and never boring. Thanks Again!

Florida is a great place to vacation, not so much to store your collection. Most of the collectors I know come from Florida. War of jenkins' ear was one I had to ask the teacher if it was real, history is sometimes better than what we can come up with. Thank you!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Once again I enjoyed your blog. I liked the Marlin on the coin. It is on my bucket list to catch one so I can pretend I'm Ernest Hemingway!


Level 5

Went to Florida two Decembers ago for Disney. Had a great time seeing everything. Wonder how the people of 1827 Florida would feel about Disney ! Quite a change over the years, including the coinage. Nice blog on Florida. Keep the states coming !


Level 7

Florida I have been to twice.Once I saw a shuttle take off. Some parts the shore is beautiful. The coins and the history are great. The Miami zoo is great. I enjoyed your history and research.we're interesting . That with the coins make for a good blog. I did pick something up. Thanks for your work.

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