Peru 1824 c/m on Peru Libre 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 203
This specimen was lot 203 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 750 euro (about US$1,189 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1824. Lima. 8 reales. Contramarca en anverso, corona encima de 1824 sobre una pieza de Lima tipo ´Perú Libre´ de 1823. Bella. Muy rara así. EBC. (eight reales of 1824, Lima mint, obverse countermark, crown above date, over a "Peru Libre' piece, rare type in this grade, extremely fine.)"
No colonial eight reales were struck in 1822, the republicans having seized the mint and used it to strike the "Peru Libre" type. When the royalists recaptured the mint in 1824, they countermarked the existing stock of "Peru Libre" eight reales to circulate them among their troops. In 1825, the royalists were finally defeated and expelled from Peru.

Recorded mintage: unknown but quite scarce.

Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cal. 492, De Mey 968, KM 130.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.

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South America during the wars of liberation