½ Real - Charles II

½ Real - Charles II -  obverse½ Real - Charles II -  reverse

© R. O'Shea

Features

Issuer Bolivia
King Charles II (1665-1700)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1667-1701
Value ½ Real (0.5)
Currency Colonial Cob coinage (-1773)
Composition Silver (.931)
Weight 1.6921 g
Diameter 14 mm
Shape Cob
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 233678
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 22
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

Crowned CAROLVS in monogram, with date below wrapped inside an roped border.
A small pomegranate appears above the monogram for issues of E, C and V for 1667-1681. Then is replaced by a small pellet, except for 1686 VR, where the pomegranate returns for that year only.
NOTES:
Small, ornate crown above monogram from 1667-1694.
Large, simple Crown 1695-1701
First Monogram 1667-1671 (with pomegranate flanked by pellets above)
Second Monogram 1672-1678 (with pomegranate above)
Third Monogram 1679-1698 (Pom above until 1682)
Fourth Monogram 1698-1701 (pellet above monogram)

Lettering: CAROLVS•II•D•G•H(ISP)

Translation: CARLOS II, BY GRACE OF GOD, (King of) SPAIN....

Reverse

Crowned cross, with Castles and Lions in spaces, wrapped inside a roped border. For 1675, mintmark P and assayers mark "E" left and right of cross. Secondary, 2-digit date added in 1680 below the cross.
Issues of 1679-1701 show three small pellets around the cross, starting at the left, above and to the right.

Lettering: POTOSI•ANO•1694•

Translation: POTOSI, YEAR 1694.

Edge

Smooth

Mint

P Potosi, Bolivia (1572-1953)

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1667  3 Digit date below Monogram.
1668  3 Digit date below Monogram.
1669  3 Digit date below Monogram.
1670  70 below Monogram.
1671  671 below Monogram.
1672  672 below Monogram.
1673  673 below Monogram.
1674  674 below Monogram.
1675 P-E 1675 below monogram, P-E flank cross.
1676  76 below Monogram.
1677  77 below Monogram.
1678  678 below Monogram.
1679  679 below Monogram.
1680  680 below monogram, 80 below cross
1681  681 below monogram, 81 below cross
1682  682 below monogram, 82 below cross
1683  683 below monogram, 83 below cross
1684  684 below monogram, 84 below cross
1685  685 below monogram, 85 below cross
1686  686 below monogram, with Pomegranate above. 86 below cross.
1687  687 below monogram, 87 below cross
1688  688 below monogram, 88 below cross
1689  689 below monogram, 89 below cross
1690  690 below monogram, 90 below cross
1691  691 below monogram, 91 below cross
1692  692 below monogram, 92 below cross
1693  693 below monogram, 93 below cross
1694  694 below monogram, 94 below cross
1695  695 below monogram, 95 below cross. New Crown variety above.
1696  696 below monogram, 96 below cross
1697  697 below monogram, 97 below cross
1698  698 below new style monogram, 98 below cross
1699  699 below monogram, 99 below cross
1700  700 below monogram, 700 below cross
1701  701 below monogram, 701 below cross

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Real - Charles IIPicture 1 of a sold ½ Real - Charles II
Heritage Auctions
The Lake County Collection World & Ancient Coins Monthly Online Auction 271941
Lot 40017
Internet Archive
Oct 13, 2019 1694 – 694 below monogram, 94 below cross VF
(NGC VF Details (Holed))
USD 780.00
(incl. buyer's premium)

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