Currency and Measures
Currency
Spanish currency value and equivalencies changed several times during the sixteenth
century. Inflation existed, especially following r 5 So, and buying power eroded continu-
ously. The following equivalencies are approximate:
blanca (veil on, or copper-silver)
maravedi
ducat (23 V4 K gold coin)
escudo (22K gold coin)
(escudo, also called corona)
castellano
marco
real
peso (American gold coin)
cantara
carga (varies)
fanega (varies)
league (distance)
'I, maravedi
basic unit of currency
375 maravedis
3So maravedis (introduced 1537)
400 maravedis (modified 1566)
490 maravedis
So castellanos
34 maravcdis
4SO maravedis
Measures
measure of wine, about 32 pints
measure of volume, 3 to 4 fanegas
about r '/, bushels, or SR liters
about 3
'I,
miles, or S 7 kilometers
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