Bolivia 1765-P V Y 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 first specimen was lot 34416 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $235. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA. 8 Reales, (1)765-PVY. Charles III (1759-88). Lions and castles a bit muddled. Bold pillars, date and denomination. VERY FINE." The second specimen shown was lot 862 at Cayon Subastas auction held February 4, 2012, where it sold for 120 euros ($186 including buyer’s fees). The catalog description noted "Potosí. 8 reales. 1765. V. MBC+/MBC. (Potosi 8 reales, 1765-V. Very fine to very fine+.)" The year 1767 marked the initiation of milled coinage at Potosi, the last mint to do so, but cobs continued to be produced until 1773.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine silver, .798 troy oz ASW. The second specimen is 27.1 g.
Catalog reference: KM-45; Cayón-11938, Paoletti-430.
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