Bolivia 1676-P E 8 reales
This specimen was lot 504 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 26 (Winter Park, FL, November 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales Royal (galano), 1676E, with Guatemala sun-over-mountains countermark (Type II, 1839) on cross. Broad flan with full legends, choice inner details except that the cross is doubled, beautifully toned AXF with crude hole at top of pillars, die-match with Lazaro #196 (rated R3), very crude countermark (deep but with very weak details)." 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 It superseded the shield/cross type which was involved in the debasement scandal of the 1630's and 1640's. Royals, struck for presentation, are all rare and nearly always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 25.85 g.
Catalog reference: S-P37b; KM-R26; CT-312, Cayón-7566.
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- Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón-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.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 26, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2019.