Peru (1577-88)-P D real

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from Aureo sale 269, lot 139
This specimen is from the second period of operation for the Lima mint, 1577-88. When it was closed and the machinery taken to Potosi in Upper Peru to strike the silver emanating from there, the Lima mint would not reopen until 1660, despite repeated pleas from the Viceroy of Peru. This specimen was lot 139 in Aureo sale 269 (Barcelona, July 2015), where it sold for €240 (about US$310 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"s/d. Felipe II. Lima. 1 real. Rara. MBC. (Peru, Philip II, undated one real of Lima mint, rare, very fine.)"
Numerous varieties exist, with the assayer letter D being on the right or left of the shield and above or below the mintmark P.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 grams, 0.931 fine silver, this specimen 3,37 g.

Catalog reference: Cal. 634, Cayón no. 3467.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • Menzel, Sewall, Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins, New York: The American Numismatic Society, 2004.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Numismática, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2015.

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