Colombia 1647-NR R 2 reales

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 11071
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This specimen was lot 11071 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,320. The catalog description[1] noted,
"COLOMBIA. 1647-R 2 Reales. Santa Fe de Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) mint. Philip IV (1621-1665). VF-25 (PCGS). Well centered on a broad planchet, medium gray with smooth surfaces. A planchet crack descends from the rim to the upper right corner of the shield, still holding some earthen encrustation. The cross is complete and well rendered, with a full four digit 1647 date to its upper left. The shield side shows an exceptionally crisp denomination and assayer mark, and the lower letter of the mintmark is plain as well. Internal details of the shield are fully struck up and perfectly bold. A very handsome example. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From a hoard discovered by Clyde Hubbard in Medellín in the 1950s and subsequently published by Robert I. Nesmith. Plated in Nesmith's "A Hoard of the First Silver Coins of Nuevo Reino de Granada (Colombia)," 1958, coin #3d, illustrated on plate XXIX and in a line drawing on p. 518."
This rare type is listed for 1627-30 and 1647. It was likely struck intermittently in other years as well but no dated specimens have come to light. The Cartagena mint also issued two reales during its brief existence (1627-34).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .931 fine silver, .201 troy oz ASW, this specimen 6.87 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón-5912, Restrepo M28.21, KM 6.1.


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  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
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  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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