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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 569

The Wilhelm Hüffer (1821-1895) Collection | Argentina, United Provinces of the Río de la Plata ("Silver River Province"), 8-Reales, 1813 PTS-J, Potosi, struck May - December, under the first occupation by General Belgrano of the Royalist Army of the Northand, PROVINCIAS DEL RIO DE LA PLATA, radiant sun with central face, rev. EN UNION Y LIBERTAD arms within wreath, security edge, 26.83g, 12h (Janson 4.1 [R2]; KM 5), faint contact marks and a hint of lustre under old light grey toning, good very fine, scarce, and historic as Argentina's "first national currency"


The Wilhelm Hüffer (1821-1895) Collection of European Coins and Medals

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The Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata was replaced with the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (Silver River Province) after the 1810 "May Revolution". Within the territory lay the Province of Potosí, where there were many silver mines. As a result, Potosí found itself at risk of invasions from Royalist troops in the Army of the Northand. The area was occupied by this army several times including from May to December 1813 and April to July 1815. It is during the former occupation that this coin was minted at the Potosí mint and is often considered to be Argentina's first national currency.

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