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could somebody please tell me... | Bolivia 8 reales 1676

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 Posted 03/05/2012  06:40 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add deanjh to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Hi I would appreciate your help, I think the coin is:
Bolivia. 1676 E 8 Reales. Potosi mint
Any help is very welcome as I don't know anything about them. Thank you





Identity confirmed - moved to World Coins forum - Sap

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03/05/2012 1:55 pm
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Hello Dean and welcome. I took the liberty of moving your post to the proper location. What is preventing you from uploading the picture? Chances are it's the size of your picture. Make sure you reduce the size to be about 500k x 500k and you should be ok. Check the properties and make sure the file itself is under 100kb. The picture will still be large enough to identify.
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 Posted 03/05/2012  07:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add deanjh to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, and yes it was the picture size. The picture isn't the best quality but I hope I get some information about it
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Sorry for overlooking this post - I'll move it out of ID Required and edit the title to attract the attention of the Spanish Colonial experts we have.

Before we begin, it should be noted that the vast majority of Spanish colonial silver coins from the 1600s are very crudely struck "cob" coins, which are irregularly shaped and usually have much of their design missing. This coin, being round and with all of its design clearly visible, isn't your typical cob coin; it's purporting to be a presentation or "royal" coin, which is much scarcer and more valuable. If genuine, it would be worth thousands, even with the hole in it.

I would, therefore, start from the assumption that it is a replica, and try to disprove that.

First off, the hole itself makes me suspicious. These coins are suposed to be thick and heavy; the place where the hole is punched through looks rather thin.

Second, the appearance. It has the look of a coin that has been given a silver "wash" which has degraded over time. Now, that could just be strange toning, picked up from sitting in collections for several centuries. But it makes me suspicious.

The clicher will be the weight. If it's the thin base-metal replica that I suspect it might be, then it won't weigh anywhere near the 27 grams it is supposed to weigh.
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 Posted 03/11/2012  09:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add realeswatcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Known replica of a Royal strike, as SAP mentioned... pops up occasionally. Note the identifying doubling on the right spoke of the cross. Likely a copy of a known Lazaro type (Lazaro is the author of the book specifically on these Royal presentation versions of the normal cob-style strikes)...

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It is listed in the Sedwick online list of fakes as #FC53660
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