Peru 1685-L R 8 reales

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Ponterio sale 173, lot 1617
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Goldberg sale 72, lot 5942
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The first specimen was lot 1617 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $499. The catalog description[1] noted, "PERU. 8 Reales, 1685-R. Charles II (1665-1700). Two full dates. VERY FINE." The second specimen was lot 5942 in Goldberg sale 72 (Los Angeles, February 2013), where it sold for $310.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Peru. Cob 8 Reales, 1685-R (Lima). Charles II, 1665-1700. Attractive surfaces. About Very Fine." 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.

Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-7605, KM-24; Cal-type-67 #228. Calbeto-255.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.
  • [2]Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 72: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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