Peru 1697-L H 8 reales
This specimen was lot 519 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 27 (Winter Park, FL, May 2020), where it sold for $416.50. The catalog description noted, "Lima, Peru, cob 8 reales, 1697H. Atypically round flan with full pillars-and-waves and cross, clear date and assayer, low-contrast VF." Despite pleas from locals in Lima for a mint, Spanish authorities preferred to concentrate coinage production at Potosi in Upper Peru. The mint was shuttered multiple times by orders from Spain, not to reopen permanently until 1684. Cob eight reales were struck at the Lima mint 1685-1700 for Charles II of Spain and became the "pieces of eight" of pirate lore. Specimens with legible dates bring triple those without.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.47 g, .931 fine silver, this specimen 27.30 grams.
Catalog reference: S-L13; KM-24; Cal-603, Cayón-7679.
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- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 27, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2020.