Spain 1659-Seg BR 8 reales Dav-4409

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 31694
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31694 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $2,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "Philip IV 8 Reales 1659/32 (Aqueduct)-BR/I MS61 NGC, Segovia mint. With sharply struck features and an attractive, old-time tone, this exceptionally pleasing mint state specimen also exhibits a clear overdate. Very seldom encountered, especially so well-preserved, this piece is sure to generate a tremendous degree of attention from the collecting community." This type was struck at Segovia 1632-36, 1651-52, 1659-60 and all dates are scarce. It is not Dav-4408 (rotated mint mark, denomination written as "VIII") but Dav-4409 (vertical mint mark, denomination written "8"). Both types are noted for 1659.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.46 g, .931 fine silver, .821 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-6521 (1659/32 overdate), KM 111, Dav-4409.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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