It’s really the small, consistent victories that eventually build up to something great. These aren’t the highest grades available from a type coin situation…not by far, but they represent something very difficult to do. No Holes!!! Pillar minors are riddled with holes. They always have a hole.
This is a very tough year to collect in the pillar series. Almost all of them (with the exception of maybe the 4 and 8 reales) are riddled with problems, if they can be found at all. The 1/2 Real Peru has a sole example listed in Yonaka’s book, and is truly rare. The below pictured example is, to my knowledge, arguably the most problem free example known. The 1R is the finest known as far as I can tell (of a dozen or so.) The 2Reales is a bit easier to find, but normally very low grade with problems. I will continue to upgrade, but this is where I’m at now:
I'm BACK!!! Used to be Billet7 on the old forum.