Bolivia (1576-78)-P L 2 reales
This specimen was lot 1861 in Stephen Album sale 38 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2020), where it sold for $261.80. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA: Felipe II, 1556-1598, AR cob 2 reales, Potosí, assayer L, struck 1576-78 in the style of Lima, NGC graded VF30, R." The mountains around Potosi contained enormous amounts of high grade silver ore, a situation the Spanish were not slow to exploit. A mint was set up in the 1570's to process the silver mined there. The early products of the reign of Philip II are fairly good quality but rot set in during the following reign, including fraudulent debasement. The Potosi mint was the first mint in the western hemisphere to date its products. Dating began in 1617.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specifications: 6.77 g, .931 fine silver, this specimen 6.71 g.
Catalog reference: Calico-492, Cayón-3616.
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