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Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1634T, rare, first coin collected by Emilio Paoletti, ex-Burzio, ex-M

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money / Cobs - Potosi Silver Start Price:500.00 USD Estimated At:500.00 - 1,000.00 USD
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1634T, rare, first coin collected by Emilio Paoletti, ex-Burzio, ex-M
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Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1634T, rare, first coin collected by Emilio Paoletti, ex-Burzio, ex-Martini, ex-Janson, with copy #1 of Paoletti's book 8 Reales Cobs of Potosi (3rd ed., 2016). S-P26; KM-19a; CT-476. 26.80 grams. It is easy to see why this coin inspired Emilio not just to collect but to become an authority on Potosi cob 8 reales, for it bears a beautiful full shield with bold P-T and denomination 8 while the cross is mostly flat and double-struck, yet with clear bottom half of all four digits of the date visible, all lightly toned in AVF grade. In short, it is a very significant coin not for its rarity or quality but for how its intriguing allure as a cob sparked the interest of one of the most important Potosi cob scholars of all time. This coin was the beginning of an opus that, decades later, culminated in Paoletti's latest edition of the 8 Reales Cobs of Potosi, his final work in this field. Interestingly, were it not for the fact that we are offering this piece along with his book, the sentimental pedigree of being the first cob he collected might have been lost forever, since this piece is not even plated in his book as being such. And the sentimentality goes back further, for this coin passed through the hands of three other famous numismatists before it reached and inspired Sr. Paoletti. We predict that the next hands to hold this coin in ownership will be of the next great Potosi scholar, who will respect and appreciate its pedigree and significance and continue the pursuit and dissemination of numismatic knowledge. We are honored to play a part in passing the torch. Pedigreed to the Humberto Burzio, Siro de Martini, Carlos Janson and Emilio Paoletti collections, accompanied by hardbound copy #1 of Paoletti's book 8 Reales Cobs of Potosi (3rd ed., 2016) and signed by him on the first page where the number 001 appears.

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