Bolivia 1698-P F real
This type was struck 1667-1700 at Potosi. This specimen was lot 336 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA. Real 'Heart', 1698-PF. Charles II (1665-1700). NGC VF-20. EXTREMELY RARE and unpublished date for a 'heart' 1 Real. The exact reasoning as to why these specially made pieces were produced is unknown. The current belief is that these were specially commissioned pieces produced for ceremonial purposes or special events. Unlike traditional cobs that were produced from cutting silver blanks form the end of a bar, special care was taken in the manufacture of hear coinage. The planchets were specially cut into the heart shaped form, resembling the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ prior to being struck. Unlike conventional cob coinage where the weight was very specific, heart coinage is often found to be heavy in weight, as is the case with he coin offered here weighing 3.6 gms. Special care and precision was also taken when struck as in most cases they are found with medallic die axis. Pierced as usual, presumably for suspension. Bold and very attractive. Ex: Ponterio & Associates January 2009 Auction Lot #1159."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .931 fine silver, .101 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Cayón no. 7308, KM-unlisted (regular issue is KM 23); Laz-unlisted; Cal-unlisted.
- Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.