Bolivia 1657-P E 8 reales

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Aureo sale 242, lot 126
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 126 in Aureo y Calico sale 242 (Barcelona, March 2012), where it sold for 2,300 € (about $3,571 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Felipe IV (1621-1665). 1657. Potosí. E. 8 reales. Redonda. Tipo ´real´. Triple fecha: la del anverso de dos dígitos; la del reverso de tres y la de la gráfila completa. Perforación. Muy rara. (EBC-). (Philip IV, 1621-65, eight reales of 1656, Potosi mint, round royal type. Three dates: two digit date on obverse, three digit date on reverse with full date on the rim; holed, very rare, very fine)."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Cayón no. 6497, KM R21, Cal. 419, Lázaro 153, señala rareza 3.

Sources:

  • 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.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2012.

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