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1791 Carolus IIII

Post by mikeemike on Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:49 pm

Did some searching online and I can not find any coins with with P . R . Marking and There doesn't seem to be any Reale amount.




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Re: 1791 Carolus IIII

Post by Mike on Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:50 pm

Hey there MikeeMike,

This coin is from Santiago, Chile. Here's some info:
Weight: 48.3 g Diameter: 21.6 mm

Comments: This is an example of the "portrait" or "modified pillar" design. In the reverse legend, the So is the mintmark for Santiago, Chile. This is followd by '1R' which indicates the denomination of one real. The D and the A are the initials of the assayers, Domingo de Eizaguirre and Agustín de Infante y Prada who worked together from 1772-1799 or 1800 (see Pellicer i Bru, Glosario, pp. 46 and 93).

Charles IV ascended to the throne following the death of Charles III on December 14, 1788 and reigned until 1808. However, due to the problems relating to the production and transportation of new dies for the colonial mints an edict of December 24, 1788 allowed the American mints to continue producing coins using dies with the portrait of Charles III but changing the name to Charles IIII by the addition of an extra roman numeral I. The present example is from the last year such coins were produced in Santiago. During 1791 the new dies arrived and production began with the new portrait and the name Charles IV. The reverse shows the modified pillar design. Also, on the reverse there are some die breaks at the ET, also the I of IND seems to have been repunched on this die.

Looking very hard on the internet, this isn't a particularly valuable coin to own. Most are selling for around 50 to 100 dollars, National Geographic made an issue where you can buy these coins for $50 a piece. So, $50 - $100 in good condition, however... If these are legit photo's of your coin, it'd be worth about $20. Depends on the condition.

Hope this helps you alot!

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Post by mikeemike on Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:06 pm

OK thank you. Was just looking though a little box I had of coins from diff country's and this one was in there and I saw the date thought id look into it. $20 bucks wouldn't be too bad considering I'm not a collector.

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Re: 1791 Carolus IIII

Post by Mike on Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:10 pm

And... If you keep this coin, it can up in value. Put it somewhere safe... and DONT clean it!

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