Bolivia 1650-P 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23064
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23064 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Felipe IV Cob Royal 8 Reales 1650-P, this is the Lazaro plate coin, VF-XF with normal small hole at 12 o'clock. Fully round, with complete legends and nice overall definition for the type. There is a crude attempt at a Guatemala sun & mountains counterstamp on the reverse. Ex: Huntington Collection, Lot 26213, with accompanying collection tag." Royals are known of this type from the Potosi mint for 1649-51 but all are rare. The regular cob issues are not nearly as nice. The 1649-52 was a period of reform at the Potosi mint; it was found that the previous mintmasters in office 1625-48 had been debasing the cobs, a crime for which one official paid with his life.

Recorded mintage: unknown but few.

Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón no. 6409 (assayer E), KM R19.b, Lazaro-113 (R4).


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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