Bolivia (1574-79)-P L 8 reales

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 8041
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 80414 in Ponterio sale 160 (Baltimore, June 2011), where it sold for $4,887.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "BOLIVIA. 8 Reales, ND (1574-79). Assayer L/B. Philip II. Well struck on a nice round planchet showing most of the legends. Very attractive old time cabinet toning. NGC AU-55." Altho this specimen is not a "royal" (a fully struck presentation piece on a round planchet), it is close enough to realize a royal price at the auction. The Potosi mint was the first mint in the western hemisphere to date its products. Dating began in 1617.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 grams, 0.931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-3935, KM-5.1; Cal-966; Pao-54.


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  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Menzel, Sewall, Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins, New York: The American Numismatic Society, 2004.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2011.

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