Bolivia (1577-81)-P L 4 reales

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Sedwick Treasure Auction 28, lot 581

This specimen was lot 581 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 28 (Winter Park, FL, November 2020), where it sold for $780. The catalog description[1] noted, "Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales, Philip II, assayer L (1st period) below mintmark P to left, top-right lion punched over castle on reverse. Round and well-centered example of the earliest assayer-L issues, the obverse (with bold full crown showing lower loop and bold legend showing ISPANIARVM without H) a die-match with Sellschopp #56 (ISP) but the reverse (with Seville lions, the top-right one punched over a castle) not a known die, lightly toned VF+ overall. Pedigreed to our Auction 17, with original lot-tag #834 (trimmed to fit small flips)." This early type comes with numerous assayers (A, B, B/R, C, D, L, M, R) and varieties.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, 0.931 fine silver, this specimen 13.72 grams.

Catalog reference: S-P3; KM-4.2; Cal-522, Cayón-3778.


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