Bolivia 1774-PTS JR 8 reales

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Goldberg sale 46, lot 942
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
This specimen was lot 942 in Goldberg sale 46 (Beverly Hills, May 2008), where it sold for $8,250. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Bolivia. 8 Reales, 1774 PTS-JR (Potosi). Charles III, 1759-1788. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Charles III right. Reverse: Reverse: Crowned Bourbon arms, flanked by bannered pillars. Obverse die shows light clashing at left, while raised area at right edge likely indicates the beginning of die collapse. Otherwise, fully struck up, with semi-matte devices on lustrous fields, which shimmer with cartwheel brilliance. The finest known specimen. NGC graded MS-65. Charles was nicknamed 'the mayor of Madrid', for his development of municipal city works. He even passed a statute prohibiting the dumping of garbage on the city streets, which to that point, had been a regular activity. For this attempt at cleanliness, he was strongly opposed. Provenance: Ex: Calberto Collection."

This type was struck 1773-89 and is common in circulated condition. Overdates are noted for many years but not this one.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, .786 troy oz ASW; this specimen: 27.01 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12024, Eliz-12; KM 55.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 46: the Millenia Collection, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2008.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-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.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.

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