8R 16(66) NoR PoRS

#1841: 8 Reales 1666, Nuevo Reino. 25.324 grams / gramos. 


Obverse: quartered shield with arms of Castile and Leon in correct order.  Pomegranate at bottom of shield.  Value VIII reading downward to right of the shield.

Reverse: Pillars with waves.  Assayer PoRS. R/L M62, L/R type M62, C&T Type 75. This date unlisted in all references until now.  Note: it is now recorded as M62-1, 1666.

Anverso: Escudo cuarteado de Castilla y León en orden correcto. Granada en la base del escudo. Valor VIII, a la derecha, se lee hacia abajo.

Reverso: Columnaria. Ensayador PoRS. RL typo M62. CyT tipo 75. Fecha inédita hasta ahora. Nota: la he archivado como M62-1,1666

Charles II, Nuevo Reino 8 Reales of 1666
First identified in 2001 and currently unique.

Nuevo Reino is the only new world mint known with 1666 dated coins of Charles II.  The other mints that issued coins in 1666 used the name of the previous king Philip IIII, apparently the news reached Colombia before it reached Mexico or Potosí ; Lima did not issue coins in 1666. The population of 1666 dated Charles II new world coins currently is two pieces, a beautiful 4 reales sold in Ponterio sale #112 lot # 1705, April 28, 2001 and the 8 reales illustrated here. 

The coin is weak in the area of the date, but it is certain.  The name CAROLVS is barely on the coin, but it too is certain, see image below.

Only the A of CAROLVS is visible, and it only partially.
Spanish Translation