“La Villa Real”, The Royal City
Santa Fe was officially founded by Spaniards in 1610 at the sites of “Ancient Ones" (pueblo peoples and ancestors), going back thousands of years. From then ’til now Santa Fe has figured prominently in the history and cultural diversity of the Southwestern USA.
This rich heritage inspired jewelry artist, Douglas Magnus, to create the ‘Santa Fe 400 Collection’©. These commemorative medallions are authentic handmade representations of Santa Fe’s 400 years, based on colonial Spanish ‘8 reale’ coins and bullion, utilizing primitive and modern techniques, symbols and materials, including in some, rare turquoise from the ancient Cerrillos mines, immediately outside of Santa Fe.