Bolivia 1749-P Q 4 reales

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Goldberg sale 109, lot 2445
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The Spanish colony of Upper Peru produced hammered cob coinage at the Potosi mint from 1573 to 1773, with a major debasement scandal and subsequent reform occurring in 1649-1652. The period 1767-1770 saw simultaneous issue of milled columnarios. The royal or presentation issues are very rare and highly sought after, while the regular strikes vary in price according to the visibility of the date, mint, and assayer initials. This specimen was lot 2445 in Goldberg sale 109 (Los Angeles, January 2019), where it sold for $570. The catalog description[1] noted, "Bolivia. Cob 4 Reales, 1749-q (Potosi). Philip V. Pillars. Reverse: Cross of Jerusalem, lions and castles in quarters. NGC graded VF-20."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, 0.917 silver, 0.399 oz ASW, this specimen 13.28 grams.

Catalog reference: KM-39; Cayón-10486.

Source:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 109: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2019.

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