Bolivia 1669-P E 8 reales
This specimen was lot 20163 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $2,640. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA. 8 Reales Royal, 1669-P E. Potosi Mint. Charles II. NGC VF Details--Plugged. A pleasing "royal" type struck on a fairly round planchet, this charming specimen exhibits some moderate wear, but with all design elements observed and offering a charming cabinet tone. Like many of this issue, this piece was holed and has since been plugged and repaired. A solid representation for this difficult type, also featuring a minor doubling on the edge date, giving the appearance of '1616' (the second '16' is over the '69')." Cob eight reales were struck at Potosi for Charles II 1667-1701 and are generally very crude. A few presentation pieces, round and fully struck, were made every year; these are today called "royals" atho it is uncertain if they were actually presented to the king in Madrid. The survivors today are nearly always holed or plugged (as here) as they were saved as part of a necklace. Assayer E operated 1651-78.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, 0.931 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Cayón-7543, KM-R26; Laz-182.
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