Peru 1696-L H real
This specimen was lot 1669 in Sedwick sale 25 (Winter Park, FL, May 2018), where it sold for $134.47. The catalog description noted, "Lima, Peru, cob 1 real, 1696H. Choice full pillars, off-center cross with old scratch on castle, otherwise AU (non-toned)." This specimen is one of a series struck in Lima late in the reign of Charles II (1664-1700). It is a one real of the cob type, which means it was produced from an irregular chunk of silver by hammering. This was the manner of production for all Spanish colonial coinage in Lima up until the introduction of milled planchets in 1752. The obverse of the coin features a cross with the symbols for Castile and Leon. Above the cross is the number I, denoting the denomination. To the left is L for Lima, and the assayer initial H (operated 1696-1710) is to the right. On the reverse, the pillars and waves motif forms the structure of the design, and the denomination appears again at the top.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .931 fine silver, this specimen 3.45 grams.
Catalog reference: Cayon-7297, S-L13; KM-20; CT-687.
- 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.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 25, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2019.