Bolivia 1722-P Y 8 reales

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Aureo sale 232, lot 160
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 160 in Aureo y Calico sale 232 (Barcelona, March 2011), where it sold for 2,100 euros (about $3,465 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Felipe V (1700-1746). 1722. Potosí. Y. 8 reales. Redonda. Tipo ´real´. Triple fecha, la de la gráfila parcial. Perforación. Ejemplar extraordinario. Bella pátina de monetario. Muy rara y más así. (EBC). (Philip V, 1700-46, eight reales of 1722, Potosi mint, royal type. Triple date, holed, extraordinary example, beautiful patina, extremely fine)."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .913 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9285, KM R31, Cal-823, Lázaro 271.

Sources:

  • 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.
  • Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • [1] Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.

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