Potosi Peru - 8 Reales - Pillar and Wave - Post-Transitional - Fully dated 1652

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Denomination: 8 Reales

Assayer "E" Antonio de Ergueta 

Mint: Potosi, Peru (modern-day Bolivia)

Weight: 22.50 g

Reign: Philip IV

DESCRIPTIONRare Type VIII-B Post-Transitional hand-struck cob. Fully Dated, 1652. 

OBVERSE: PILLAR SIDE. Displays full date, showing a "1" and "6" above the Pillars of Gibraltar and the following digits of the year, "52" between Type D Pillars. 

A Double-strike (possibly caused by a broken die) shows a double "TRA" in Spain's "PLUS ULTRA" motto, bisecting the coin. This motto which translates to "Further Beyond" from Latin, is strategically placed between the Pillars as Spain's declaration of the conquest and ownership of newly discovered lands beyond The Pillars of Gibraltar; The New World. A partial legend is visible surrounding the Pillars, which reads; "EL PERU" and "POTOSI," expressing the Mint's location in Peru, though some letters in the legend are not visible.  

REVERSE: CROSS SIDE. Type B Cross with small walking lions, tongues displayed. Type II Castles. The last three digits of the date appear, blurred, central below the Cross. Prominent Mint Mark "P".