Colombia 1759-NR JV 8 reales

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photo courtesy Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.
CNG Lissner sale, lot 1423
The first coin was lot 1475 in CNG Triton XIV sale (Jan 3, 2011), where it sold for $50,000 (not including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"VIRREINATO DEL PERÚ, Colombia. Fernando VI. King of Spain, 1746-1759. AR 8 Reales. Milled columnario type. Nuevo Reino (Santa Fé de Bogotá) mint; Juan de Chávez and Victoriano del Valle y Mendoza, assayers. Dated 1759NR JV. (rosette) FERDND · VI · D · G · HISPAN · ET IND · REX, crowned abbreviated royal coat-of-arms; (rosette)/JV/(rosette) to left, (rosette)/8/(rosette) to right / (rosette) VTRAQUE VNUM ([He made them] both one) (rosette), crowned western and eastern hemispheres; to right and left, crowned composite column with encircling banner inscribed PLUS VLT(RA) (further beyond); all set on ground rising out of ocean waves; in exergue, mintmark and rosette on either side of 1759. Edge: wreath. In NGC slab graded AU 55, attractively toned. Extremely rare. From the Patrick H.C. Tan Collection. Ex Millenia Collection (Part III, Goldberg 46B, 26 May 2008), lot 1018."
The second specimen was lot 1423 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $114,950. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA, Colonial. Fernando VI. King of Spain, 1746-1759. AR 8 Reales. Nuevo Reino (Santa Fé de Bogotá) mint. Juan de Chávez and Victoriano del Valle y Mendoza, assayers. Dated 1759 No Ro JV. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 62. Very lustrous toned uncirculated. One of the rarest coins of colonial Spain, and one of the most sought after coins of the Colombian royal series. It is the highest and only specimen graded Mint State. The finest jewel of Colombian coins in this collection. Ex F.C.C. Boyd Collection (Superior Stamp & Coin, 19 August 1975), lot 1794."

Recorded mintage: Unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, 0.917 fine silver, 0.7980 troy oz ASW; the second specimen Ø39 mm, 27.15 g, 12h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 33; Gilboy SF-8-1; Cayón-10640; Calicó 378.


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