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Fused Gold Coins
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Fused Gold Coins

Catalog #: 35389    Accession #: 91675
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 2" H x 4.75" W x 0.5" D

Physical Description

Gold coins fused by heat.

Specific History

This pile of “5 peseta” coins was fused together by the fire aboard the Spanish ship Infanta Maria Teresa, flagship of Admiral Cervera.

General History

Infanta Maria Teresa led the sortie out of Santiago Bay on 3 July 1898. As the flagship of Admiral Pascual Cervera, she drew the bulk of the American fire. The Teresa was seriously damaged and in flames. An attempt was made to ram Commodore Schley's flagship, USS Brooklyn, but when that failed, Admiral Cervera ran the Teresa ashore, allowing his crew to be saved. Despite being ravaged by fire and magazine explosions, the United States Navy believed the Teresa was salvageable. She was refloated and taken to Guantanamo Bay for preliminary repairs. As she was being towed to Norfolk, Virginia for rebuilding, she was caught in a tropical storm. The tow line was cut, and the Teresa was lost at sea.


Countries: Cuba, Spain
War: Spanish American War
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