Peru 1684-L V 4 reales

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Goldberg sale 84, lot 4501
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4501 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $705. The catalog description[1] noted, "Peru. Cob 4 Reales, 1684-V (Lima). Charles II. NGC graded VF-35." Cob eight reales were struck at the Lima mint 1684-1700 for Charles II of Spain and became the "pieces of eight" of pirate lore. Specimens with legible dates bring triple those without and round "royal" specimens are rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a better date.

Specification: 13.54 g, 931 fine silver, 0.405 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón no. 7464, KM-23.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.

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