Bolivia 1695-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 236 in Ponterio sale 182 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA. 8 Reales Royal, 1695-PVR. PCGS Genuine--Holed, VF Details Secure Holder. Charles II (1665-1700). Royal presentation piece struck on round planchets with specially prepared dies. Pierced as usual."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-7673, KM-R26; Lazaro-234; Cal-type-75#333.
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