Bolivia 1683-P V 4 reales
This specimen was lot 528 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 26 (Winter Park, FL, November 2019), where it sold for $8,330. The catalog description noted, "Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales Royal (galano), 1683V, extremely rare. Broad flan with full details including legends, choice per the period, with deep, contrasting toning, plugged and expertly repaired hole in crown above pillars (very hard to detect), first example of this date and denomination we have seen (possibly unique) and much better-looking than any of the other Charles II Potosi 4R Royals we have offered, AXF." 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 It superseded the shield/cross type which was involved in the debasement scandal of the 1630's and 1640's. Royals, struck for presentation, are all rare and nearly always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.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.53 g, .931 fine silver, this specimen 13.25 g.
Catalog reference: S-P39; KM-R25 (unlisted date); CT-486, Cayón-7458.
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- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 26, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2019.