Colombia 1652-NR PoRAS 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3032, lot 24492
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24492 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $6,462.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Philip IV cob 8 Reales 1652 NR-PoRAS, Nuevo Reino mint, Very Fine. A sea salvage piece showing minor corrosion but well struck on a very broad flan (hence perhaps the edge split at 2 o'clock) and very attractive. Probably the finest known of this rare date/assayer combination (note that Calbeto did not list the date altogether) with the assayer initials spelled as PoRAS (the PoRMS variety also exists), the present specimen is the plate coin in both Restrepo and Lasser-Restrepo. When the present coin was offered as part of the Lasser collection (see below), it was described as "Probably (recovered) from the Gilt Dragon": such is indeed the case, as proven by numismatic scholar Herman Blanton' article published in NI Bulletin's issue of 7-8/2008, where a white metal replica of this same coin is illustrated and described as part of a thirteen-piece collection of replicas produced by the Perth Mint, marketed as The Foundation Stones of Australian Coinage. Ex Lasser collection (Ponterio 1/2005, lot 769)."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW, this specimen 25.07 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón no. 6452, KM 7.1, Restrepo-M46.10.


  • 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.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014

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