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Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, Philip II, assayer L (1st period), very rare, ex-Witte Museum.

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Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, Philip II, assayer L (1st period), very rare, ex-Witte Museum.
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Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, Philip II, assayer L (1st period), very rare, ex-Witte Museum. S-P3; KM-5.1; Cal-670. 26.34 grams. Typically broad flan with choice full shield below full crown, much bold legend and assayer L below small mintmark P, the cross also full but crudely doubled and surface-pitted, overall VF with dark, contrasting toning in crevices. Curiously, neither Sellschopp nor Paoletti has this exact variety (deep tressure dimples, D,G versus DEI,GRATIA, no lower crown-loop), as it is indeed quite rare. Pedigreed to the Witte Museum collection (Ponterio auction of August 1989, lot 1288).