Peru (1568-70)-R 1/2 real
This specimen was lot 1472 in Ponterio sale 182 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $411.25. The catalog description noted, "PERU. 1/2 Real, ND (1556-98). Assayer R (Rincon). Philip II (1556-98). Very scarce. Dark toning. Choice for type." This specimen is from the first period of operation for the Lima mint, when it was closed and the machinery taken to Potosi in Upper Peru to strike the silver emanating from there.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.69 grams, 0.931 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Cayón no. 3393, Calico-type-425 #712, KM 3.
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- Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 182: The January 2014 NYINC Auction: World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stacks Bowers LLC.