Spain 1660-Seg BR 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 25541
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 25541 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Felipe IIII 8 Reales 1660-BR, Dav-4408, KM 76, MS61 NGC, ex. Huntington Collection, Segovia Mint, a true marvel of survival in this condition with delicate gray color and an essentially full rendering of the intended design. While it certainly doesn't tell the entire story, a visit to the NGC population reports helps to confirm this items rarity, as the present is not only the sole Mint State example, but the only certified example of the date in any grade! Considering the provenance, it is unlikely that the advanced Spanish or crown collector will have an opportunity to acquire anything that resembles the present in quality in the near future."
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") as catalogued by Heritage but Dav-4409 (vertical mint mark, denomination written "8"). Both types are noted for 1660.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Cayón no. 6542, 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: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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