Bolivia 1779-PTS PR 4 reales

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Sincona sale 20, lot 2298

This is an early example of a type struck 1772-89 at Potosi, Bolivia (then called Upper Peru). It was replaced in 1791 by the bust of Charles IV. Harris[1] notes that Potosi four reales of Charles III are the commonest mint, with twice as many as Mexico City. Recent hoard finds have only increased this number. This specimen was lot 2298 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 275 (about US$345 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted, "4 Reales 1779. Potosi Assayer PR. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (very fine to extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .896 fine silver, .390 troy oz ASW, this specimen 13.21 g.

Catalog reference: KM-54; C.T. 1071.

Source:

  • [1]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.

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