Bolivia 1687-P VR 8 reales
This specimen was lot 20234 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,552.50. The catalog description noted, "Carlos II Royal 8 Reales 1687VR Potosi, toned VF with some light doubling, holed near the edge. Possibly shaved around the edges to make the coin nearly perfectly round and leaving the weight at 23.97 grams. Reverse legend ends in HISPANIA." Royals are known of this type from the Potosi mint for 1666-1700 but all are rare. The regular cob issues are not nearly as nice. The 1649-52 was a period of reform at the Potosi mint; it was found that the previous mintmasters in office 1625-48 had been debasing the cobs, a crime for which one official paid with his life.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW, this specimen 23.97 g.
Catalog reference: Cayón no. 7623, KM R26, Lazaro 222.
- Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-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.
- Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.