||Felipe IV Royal Cob 8 Reales 1657 P-E, KM-R21, Lazaro-149, AU Details (Plugged) NGC. A marvelous representative of this intensely collected "Royal," or presentation, type. The fields showcase a uniform deep gray coloration, while the higher devices and lettering are lighter and add mild contrast. The strike remains incredibly bold with limited central doubling. Perhaps most impressive, the flan is incredibly broad, even for a "Royal" strike, with most of the legends remaining bold and three dates being entirely legible. This example was once holed, as most were, at 12:00 and later skillfully plugged as two green dots on corresponding sides of the flan are faintly visible. Still, rarely available in this quality and a certain prize for the specialist.
Realized $8,225.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.