Bolivia 1681-P V 2 reales
The specimen shown is a 1681 cob two reales from the Potosi mint in Bolivia, struck during the reign of Charles II, the last Hapsburg king of Spain. The Potosi mint was the most prolific issuer of silver during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, nearly all of it cobs such as this. This type was struck 1667-1701 and superseded an earlier type (KM 16) which bore the name of Philip IV. The other Latin American mints placed the date near the edge where it rarely struck up, whereas Potosi issues have the date smack in the middle, ensuring that the date would be legible even if the rest of the design was smeared. As a result, Bolivian cobs can be collected by date, unlike the other mints (Mexico, Lima, Guatemala). The Potosi mint was the last to abandon the manufacture of cobs, in 1773. This specimen was lot 1724 in Sedwick sale 25 (Winter Park, FL, May 2018), where it sold for $136.85. The catalog description noted, "Potosi, Bolivia, cob 2 reales, 1681V. Broad flan with good full pillars and cross, some flatness, darkly toned fields, AVF with plugged hole near bottom of cross (greenish area). Pedigreed to our Auction #13, with original lot-tag #1274."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .931 fine, .202 troy oz ASW, this specimen 8.50 grams.
Catalog reference: Cayón-7347, S-P39; KM-24; CT-610.
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- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 25, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2019.