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Philip IV Of Spain, 1621-40. Bolivia, Potosi. 8 Reales 'Cob', Assayer T.

Philip IV Of Spain, 1621-40. Bolivia, Potosi. 8 Reales 'Cob', Assayer T.

  • Over 4,000 meters above sea level, on the Bolivian plain, lies South America's most elevated town, Potosi. Famous for the tremendous riches mined from the Cerro Rico Mountain, ever since the town was founded in 1545. Early on in the history of the town, the Spaniards began with large-scale excavation; it became the major supply of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire. The bountiful mountain in Potosi produced an estimated 60% of all silver mined in the world during the second half of the 16th century.


    This 8 Reales minted in the early 17th century, was struck from silver mined from the Cerro Rico Mountain. The assayer mark 'T' for Juan Ximenez de Tapia can be seen below the mark for Potosi. The coin has an attractive tone, there is a small area of surface crust visible on the reverse and edge, this could be due to the possibility of being a shipwreck coin.


    Weight, c.27.0g.


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