Cuba coin spoon

This spoon has a very nice 1891 silver Spanish Alphonso X111 coin, but the back has been erased and replaced with an engraved design.
This technique of removing the back of the coin was popular in the 1890 time period and many silver coins were turned into 'love tokens'.

    Alfonso XIII (1886-1931): The  son of Alfonso XII,  ruled up to 1902 under the regency of his mother.  The coinage depicts the growth of the king from a bay to a young monarch. Although some beneficial changes were undertaken, Spain sustained many losses.  The Spanish-American War with the United States, 1898, put an end to Spain's rule in the New World.  It lost Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Alfonso was forced to abdicate in 1931, and the Second Republic was proclaimed.

The bowl contains a nice engraved picture of  Morro Castle
morro cuba coin spoon

Morro Castle (Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro) is a picturesque fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay in Havana, Cuba. Juan Bautista Antonelli, an Italian engineer, was commissioned to design the structure. When it was built in 1589, Cuba was under the control of Spain. The castle was  named after the biblical Magi.

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