Bolivia 1691-P VR 8 reales
Royals are known of this type from the Potosi mint but all are rare. The regular cob issues are not nearly as nice. The years 1649-52 were 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. This specimen was lot 13030 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA. 8 Reales, 1691-PVR. Potosi Mint. Charles II (1665-1700). Royal presentation strike. Holed at 11 o'clock with some spots of tooling, traces of gilding."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-7650, KM-R26; Lazaro-229; Calbeto-1110; Ca-type-75#329.
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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.
- Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.