Bolivia 1617-P M 4 reales

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Sedwick Treasure auction 26, lot 158

This specimen was lot 158 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 26 (Winter Park, FL, November 2019), where it sold for $2,380. The catalog description[1] noted, "Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales, 1617M, Grade 1. Bold date outside of full but slightly off-center cross, well-detailed full shield, practically no corrosion, silvery. Pedigreed to the Classics collection, with Fisher tag and photo-certificate #96A-20588. Recovered from Atocha, sunk in 1622 west of Key West, Florida." This type was struck 1605-21, throughout the reign of Philip III. Dates were added in 1617; even so, many are so crudely made that the dates are not legible.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 13.54 g, .931 fine silver, this specimen 12.79 g.

Catalog reference: S-P19; KM-9; CT-245, Cayón-4807.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 26, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2019.

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