Lima Cob Coins , shield type Diego de La torre , star of lima, 8 reales

Silver Cobs of Lima 1568-1752

Peruvian silver cobs

Lima,Peru La Ciudad de los Reyes 1535The Lima mint, as far as cobs are concerned, was sporadic, and as a result we do not see as many cobs from this mint as from Mexico or Potosí. In the beginning Lima made pillars-type "pre-cobs" like the Mexican Charles-Joanna coins, but that ended after only a couple years. Then in 1577 a shield-type design was mass-produced by assayer Diego de la Torre, whose design work was exemplary, making these shield-type cobs some of the most highly sought of all cob issues. By 1589 de la Torre's work was done and it was not till 1659 that the Viceroy of Peru ended his mint's hiatus (but without royal authorization) with a brief "Star of Lima" issue of unique design. Finally in 1684 the Lima mint reopened for good and imitated the pillars-and-waves issues of Potosí until the new machine-made "pillar dollars" were mandated there in 1752.

 

 

 

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Lima, Peru, 4 reales, Philip II, assayer R (Rincon) Lima, Peru, 4 reales, Philip II, assayer R (Rincon) to left, motto PL-VSV-LT, legends not clear  rex - et - - pa - pvs - i. S-L1; KM-10.1; CT-unl. 12.4 grams. very irregular flan with bold inner details and nice tonning. f011723190003 $650
Lima, Peru, cob 1/4 real, Philip II, assayer R (Rincon) to left of crowned I, legend starting on other side, very rare. Lima, Peru, cob 1/4 real, Philip II, assayer R (Rincon) to left of crowned I, legend starting on other side, very rare. Broad, thin, oblong flan with full details, including bold assayer, crowned R and crowned I, and legends PHILIPVS II D / ISPANIARVM E, VF with toned fields, minimal surface pitting. f081504146033 $1,975

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Lima, Peru, cob 2 reales, Philip II, assayer Diego de la Torre, P-ii to left, oD-* to right, encapsulated NGC XF 45. Lima, Peru, cob 2 reales, Philip II, assayer Diego de la Torre, P-ii to left, oD-* to right, encapsulated NGC XF 45. S-L4; KM-9; CT-490. 6.82 grams. Full inner details and much legend, lightly toned all over, the features somewhat weak due to strike and light surface corrosion. f111504180002 $295
Lima, Peru, cob 1 real, Philip II, assayer Diego de la Torre, *-I to left, P-oD to right. Lima, Peru, cob 1 real, Philip II, assayer Diego de la Torre, *-I to left, P-oD to right. Full but centrally weak shield and cross, Fine+ with toning in crevices. f011618061005 SOLD

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Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 reales, Philip II, assayer Diego de la Torre, various varieties. Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 reales, Philip II, assayer Diego de la Torre, various varieties. S-L4; KM-5. VF-XF, both on very broad flans, nearly full details, some salvaged. 2 available. f061604191027-28 $90 each

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Star of Lima 1660

Lima, Peru, cob 8 reales, "Star of Lima" type, 1660 V (Series III), encapsulated NGC VF 25, very rare (approx. less than 15-20 examples known of this date 1660). 27.2 grams (full weight). Lima, Peru, cob 8 reales, "Star of Lima" type, 1660 V (Series III), encapsulated NGC VF 25, very rare (approx. less than 15-20 examples known of this date 1660). 27.2 grams (full weight). Full but typically double-struck inner details (pillars with PLVS / • star • / VLTRA above date inside, denomination-assayer 8-V to either side) but no legends visible, nicely toned all over, minor edge-split, far rarer than the 1659 in this brief and famously unauthorized mintage. No traces of corrosion. f101504163002 SOLD

Pillars-and-waves type 8 reales

Lima, Peru, cob 8 reales, 1697H, with possible 7/6 below cross (unique). Lima, Peru, cob 8 reales, 1697H, with possible 7/6 below cross (unique). Broad flan with full but weak pillars, off-center and doubled cross, nicely toned Fine+ with two dates. f041610221001 SOLD

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Pillars-and-waves type 2 reales

Lima, Peru, cob 2 reales, 1742V. Lima, Peru, cob 2 reales, 1742V. Decent cross, off-center pillars, VG with patchy dark toning. f061604191034 $100
Lima, Peru, cob 2 reales, Ferdinand VI, date and assayer not visible. Lima, Peru, cob 2 reales, Ferdinand VI, date and assayer not visible. Very worn (Fair), with minimal detail visible. f061604191036 SOLD

Pillars-and-waves type 1 reales

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Lima, Peru, cob 1 real, 1752R, rare final year of Lima cobs. Lima, Peru, cob 1 real, 1752R, rare final year of Lima cobs. S-L23; KM-42. 2.9 grams. Full 752 date on otherwise flat pillars side, most of cross, dark toning but minimal corrosion, elongated shape. Pedigreed to our Auction #13, with original lot-tag #894. f011618061010 $95

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Pillars-and-waves type 1/2 reales

Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 real, 1732. Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 real, 1732. Oblong flan with two dates, off-center cross, toned Fine with flatness. f061604191045 $75
Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 real, 1737N. Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 real, 1739. Weak monogram and cross but both with dates below, bold mintmark L, lightly toned Fine. f061504191067 $40
Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 real, 1747, Ferdinand VI. Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 real, 1747, Ferdinand VI. Full date below most of monogram, AVF with flat areas, two assayers, small edge-split, scarce. f061604191047 $85
Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 real, 1750, normal variety (still somewhat rare). Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 real, 1750, normal variety (still somewhat rare). Clear full date below full monogram with L to left, nearly full cross, salvaged like most but with good dark toning. f031203522002 $75
Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 real, 1752R, rare final year of Lima cobs. Lima, Peru, cob 1/2 real, 1752R, rare final year of Lima cobs. Full monogram with L to left, R to right and date below, most of cross with second mintmark to left, richly toned Fine+, somewhat odd in shape. f011618061012 $85

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