Bolivia 1658-P E 8 reales

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 997
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 997 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €230 (about US$319 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BOLIVIE, Philippe IV (1621-1665), AR 8 reales, 1658E, Potosi. D/ Les colonnes d'Hercule. R/ Armes écartelées de Castille et Leon dans un quadrilobe. Frappe faible au revers. Très Beau. (Bolivia, Philip IV, 1621-65, silver eight reales of 1658, Potosi mint. Obverse: coumns of Hercules; reverse: quartered arms of Castile and Leon in a quadrilobe. Weak strike on reverse, very fine.)"
This specimen has the lions and castles reverse from their normal position.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW, this specimen 26,10 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-6504 (lions and castles reversed), KM 21, C.C.T. 439.

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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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