8 Reales 1680

#1836: 8 Reales 1680, Nuevo Reino. 25.927 grams / gramos. 


Obverse: quartered shield with arms of Castile and Leon in correct order.  Pomegranate at bottom of shield.  Value VIII reading upward to left of the shield. Reverse: Pillars with waves.  Assayer POGA. Not listed in R/L or L/R, C&T Type 75, number 348a.

Spanish translation
Pedro Garcia de Villanueva was assayer at Santa Fé from 1678 to December 30, 1686, and was appointed assayer again on June 23, 1687 and then held office until December 17, 1691. Barriga Volume I, pp. 93-94, 124-5.

#1836 is the only 8 reales of 1680 known for this assayer.  As far as we know, there are only two dates of Garcia 8 reales known, the 1680 here and 1690 dated pieces first published in 1878 in the Adolph Weyl sale of the Fonfrobert collection.  An image of a 1690 piece is reproduced below from Dr. Restrepo's Macuquina book for comparison purposes, it is the Fonrobert piece.

Used with permission of Dr. Restrepo

Citations for the 1690 Fonrobert specimen:

Weyl, Adolph. 1878. "Die Jule Fonrobert'sche Sammlung überseeischer Münzen und Medaillen".  Amerika. II Abtheilung: Central-Amerika. a) Mexiko.  Berlin: J.A. Stargardt. lot number 7369. Original citation.

Quadras Y Ramóm, Manuel Vidal, 1892. "Catálogo de la Colección de Monedas y Medallas de Manuel Vidal Quadras y Ramón" Volume II, Barcelona: A. López Robert, Impresor. Lot number 9340, illustrated on plate 54a.

Herrera, Adolfo. 1914. El Duro. Madrid: J. Lacoste. 2 tomos. reimpreso 1992 Juan R. Cayón. Madrid: Imp. Fareso S.A. tomos I y II conjuntos. Lot number 793 illustrated on plate XVIII number 5. References Weyl volume II number 757.

Calicó, F. Xavier. 1953. Aportación a la Historia Monetaria de Santa Fe de Bogotá (Colombia).  Barcelona: Xavier and Ferrán Calicó. Not illustrated but recorded on p. 33 with endnote reference to Quadras y Ramón number 9340. Calico lists the assayer "PO".

Burzio, Humberto F. 1958. Diccionario de la Moneda Hispanoamericana, 3 tomos. Santiago de Chile: Fondo Histórico y Bibliográfico José Toribio Medina. Volume II, p. 318, not illustrated. References 1690 assayer P.O. to Weyl p. 757 number 7369; Herrera p. 236; Quadras y Ramón vol. II p. 425; Calico p. 33; Jose Toribio Medina "Las Monedas Coloniales Hispano-Americanas" Santiago de Chile 1919 page 259; JW Scott p. 63.

Yriarte, José de, y López-Chavez, Leopoldo. 1965 Catálogo de los Reales de a Ocho Españoles. Madrid: Editorial Iber-Amer, S.A. A 1690 is listed on p. 188 as assayer PoRS, must be referring to the Fonrobert specimen but citation is poor. No illustration.

Calbetó de Grau, Gabriel. 1970. Compendio de las Piezas de Ocho Reales. 2 volumes/tomos. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Ediciones Juan Ponce de Leon. Cited in (Volume II), page 388 number 1363. Illustrated with the Weyl image. Also references Tomas Dasí "Compendio de los Reales de a Ocho" number 541.

Possibly Guttag Sale 1929 - I don't have a copy, but may be included (not under Colombia).

Spanish translation.