1/2 Reales Spanish Cob - Minted in Lima, Peru - Star of Magi

Denomination: 1/2 Reale

Mint: Lima, Peru

Assayer: Diego de la Torre (1577-1588) "Star of Magi" or Lima "D"

Reign: King Philip II

Weight: 1.68 grams 

Date: 1577-1588

Coin Description: Full centers, crisply detailed monogram, cross, and crown. Full P, .D and *. Full legend, darkly toned. Beautiful!

History: Lima Mint 1577 - 1588. Diego de la Torre's cons are, to this day, known in the coin world as some of the most pristinely struck cob coins under the Spanish crown. Diego is widely known as an Assayer who took great pride in the craftsmanship of the his ides and his coins.  These pieces are also loosely known as "Lima D's" - Their reputation as the best quality of al Spanish cobs preceded them.  

It is important to note The Star of Magi Mint Mark commemorates the 12th day of the Christian Holliday of the Epiphany, on January 6th, 1535.  On this 12th day, the magi 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.