Denomination: 2 Reales
Mint: Lima, Peru
Assayer: Diego de la Torre (1577-1588) "Star of Magi" or Lima "D"
Reign: King Philip II
Weight: 6.28 gm
Date: Circa (1577-1588)
Description: Obverse: Bold and clear Greek cross with lions and castles in 4 quadrants. Reverse: Bold and clear Kings shield with Mint mark, Assayer mark and "Star of Magi" on left side visible
History: Hand-struck at the Lima Mint from 1577 - 1588. Diego de la Torre's coins are known as some of the most magnificent hand-struck coins to ever be minted for the Spanish Empire. Well-struck, centered, and created with precision to detail, "Lima 'D's" are some of the most sought after Spanish colonial cobs.
This is such an example; an exceptional 2 Reales cob from Assayer D. In an exemplary case of "ask forgiveness later," coins by Diego de la Torre were minted without permission from King Philip IV between the years 1577-1588.
These pieces are also loosely known as "Lima D's" - Their reputation as the best quality of all Spanish cobs preceded them.
It is important to note The Star of Magi Mint Mark (left of shield) commemorates the 12th day of the Christian Holiday of the Epiphany, on January 6th, 1535. On this 12th day, The Magi (Three Wise Men) presented their gifts to the infant Lord Jesus Christ. Lima was founded on this day, and is known as the City of Kings for this reason.
Artifact Number: SC 21-328