Bolivia 1655-P E 8 reales
Royals are known of this type from the Potosi mint but all are rare. The regular cob issues are not nearly as nice. The years 1649-52 were 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. This specimen was lot 30091 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description noted, "Philip IV cob 8 Reales 1655 P-E VF Details (Holed) NGC, Potosi mint. Boldly struck with minimal doubling, and full weight at 27.1 grams. Clearly a premium coin for the designation, well detailed and a much scarcer date rated as R4 by Lazaro - who only plated a single specimen."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW, this specimen 27.1 g.
Catalog reference: Cayón-6485, KM R21, Laz-144.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.