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Bogota, Colombia, billon cob 1/4 real, date not visible (1622), assayer A to right and mintmark S to

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Bogota, Colombia, billon cob 1/4 real, date not visible (1622), assayer A to right and mintmark S to
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Bogota, Colombia, billon cob 1/4 real, date not visible (1622), assayer A to right and mintmark S to left, lions and castles transposed, very rare, NGC Fine details / environmental damage, Restrepo Plate Coin (stated on label). Restrepo-M11.1; S-B1; KM-1; Cal-529. 1.86 grams. Nearly full crown and shield with bold mintmark S (for Santa Fe) to left and weak but certain assayer A to right, other side with weak but full pomegranate inside pillars flanked with P to left and V to right (for PLVS VLTRA), lightly toned and somewhat porous all over. The Restrepo reference (in which this coin is pictured) attributes this issue to Cartagena, for at the time it was believed that all coins prior to 1627 were struck in Cartagena, but more recent research presented by Jorge Proctor in 2018 shows that all but the 8 reales of 1621 were actually struck in Bogota (Santa Fe), which makes more sense for this coin with pomegranate and transposed lions and castles. In any case there are very few of these billon (or enriched silver) 1/4R known (Restrepo says three), this being the first we have offered. NGC #4770572-011. Pedigreed to the Ponterio sale #125 of April 25-26, 2003 with lot tag #2467, and plated on page 68 of Restrepo's Coins of Colombia (2012).