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George III oval countermark on Chile 1794 DA 8-Reales, Santiago mint

George III (1760-1820), oval countermark upon Spanish Eight Reales of King Charles IIII (1788-1808), 1794 DA, struck in Santiago, Chile, small oval hallmark of George III right at centre of obverse, bust of Spanish King laureate and draped right, date below, legend and toothed border surrounding, CAROLVS.IIII. DEI. GRATIA, rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, pillar with ribbon incuse motto either side PLUS VLTRA, legend surrounding, .HISPAN. ET IND. REX. S. 8R. D.A., mint letter with o above, weight 26.97g (Bull 1853 R3; ESC 134; C&R 1069; S.3765A). Lightly toned, with large chisel cut intruding bottom of countermark into drapery of host coin, a possible attempt at cancellation? Otherwise host coin almost extremely fine, countermark stronger, very rare.

Provenance:
Ex Alan Barr Collection, Part Three, Mark Rasmussen Numismatist, Surrey, purchased 25th July 2005.


The initials D and A at the end of the reverse legend represent the names of the Mint Assayers who were Domingo Eizaguirre and Augustin de Infante y Prado.

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