Bolivia 1672-P E 8 reales
This specimen was lot 503 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 26 (Winter Park, FL, November 2019), where it sold for $5,057.50. The catalog description noted, "Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales Royal (galano), 1672E. Attractively toned XF with full details including legends on cross side, slightly off-center pillars side (still with choice inner details and bold POTOSI ANO 1672), small hole at bottom of cross and attempted hole to right of cross, die-match with Lazaro #190 (rated R2), possibly with some light old shaving on edge but otherwise inexplicably underweight." This type was struck 1667-1700 for Charles II. It superseded the shield/cross type which was involved in the debasement scandal of the 1630's and 1640's. Royals, struck for presentation, are all rare and nearly always come holed. Assayer E operated 1651-78.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, this specimen 24.46 g.
Catalog reference: S-P37b; KM-R26; CT-308, Cayón-7552.
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- 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.
- Menzel, Sewall, Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins, New York: The American Numismatic Society, 2004.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 26, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2019.