My wife is a jewelry artist. Sometimes she reworks, rehabs, or repurposes other pieces. Since all the people in the family know this, she is the grateful recipient of everyone’s broken and/or discarded jewelry. A while back she was given a large plastic storage bin full of collected cast offs from various kin and friends of kin.

One oldie is a bolo tie with what looks like a silver dollar set in a horseshoe. That is cool enough, since I’ve loved old coins since I was a kid, but this one is older and more worn. The date is 1804 and the easiest lettering to read says “Carolus IIII.”

Hey, a Spanish Colonial coin!