Spain 1659-Seg BR 8 reales Dav-4408

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from Sedwick Treasure Auction 21, lot 1504

This specimen was lot 1504 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 21 (Winter Park, FL, May 2017), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Guatemala, 8 reales, sun-over-mountains countermark (Type II, 1839) on a Segovia, Spain, milled 8 reales, 1659BR/I, rare, ex-Richard Stuart. Very crude AVF countermark in one quadrant of cross on AVF host with full details and nice toning, first we have seen of this combination. Pedigreed to the Richard Stuart collection." This type was issued intermittently at Segovia 1632-60, simultaneously with cob eight reales. The aqueduct was the mintmark for the Segovia mint until it closed in the 1840's. Two centuries after its manufacture, this rare coin was in Guatemala receiving a validation counterstamp of 1839.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.47 g, .931 fine silver, .821 troy oz ASW, this specimen 25.98 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón no. 6522 (host coin), KM 76 (host coin), KM 111.6 (counterstamp), Dav-4408.


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  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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