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Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1773(V)-Y, rare final date of cobs, NGC XF 40, Sellschopp (2nd ed.) P

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Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1773(V)-Y, rare final date of cobs, NGC XF 40, Sellschopp (2nd ed.) P
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Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1773(V)-Y, rare final date of cobs, NGC XF 40, Sellschopp (2nd ed.) Plate Coin. S-P59; KM-45; Cal-1158. 25.40 grams. This famous coin, owned by Sellschopp himself (stated on label), who obliquely referred to it in his 1971 book (p. 144) as a Royal due to its even, round flan, is nevertheless slightly underweight and clearly of a lower-quality strike than other Royals, as the details are off-center and uneven and the surfaces show characteristic peripheral patches of roughness on opposing sides, still with two full dates, which in itself is unprecedented for this final year of cobs, and attractively toned, also tied for second highest grade in the NGC census (as a regular issue, not a Royal). Significantly, Spanish references like Lazaro and Calico do not consider this coin to be a Royal and assert that 1761 is the last known date. Whether for its famous pedigree or its two bold dates, however, this coin will always be desirable and important. Pedigreed to the Sellschopp collection (Swiss Bank Corporation auction of January 1987, lot #1868) and to the Superior auction of December 1999 (lot #1241, as a Royal), and Plate Coin in the 2nd ed. (1992) of Sellschopp's Las acunaciones de las cecas de Lima, La Plata y Potosi. NGC #5902427-003.