Bolivia 1653-P E 8 reales
This specimen was lot 23065 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description noted, "Felipe IV Cob Royal 8 Reales 1653 P-E, this is the Lazaro plate coin, XF Details (Holed) NGC. 1-PH-6 above pillars. Full legends and nice overall strike for the issue. Ex: Huntington Collection, Lot 2652, with accompanying collection tag." Royals are known of this type from the Potosi mint for 1652-66 but all are rare. The regular cob issues are not nearly as nice. The 1649-52 was a period of reform at the Potosi mint; it was found that the previous mintmasters in office 1625-48 had been debasing the cobs, a crime for which one official paid with his life.
Recorded mintage: unknown but few.
Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón no. 6473, KM-R21, Lazaro-136 (R3).
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- Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.