Peru 1840-Cuz A 8 escudos

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Goldberg sale 46, lot 1192
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
This specimen was lot 1192 in Goldberg sale 46 (Beverly Hills, May 2008), where it sold for $2,900. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Peru. Republic. 8 Escudos, 1840 -A (Cuzco). Large Legends type. Tri-segmented shield of arms supported by crossed flags, and crowned above by wreath. Reverse: Liberty as Pallas Athene, stands frontal supporting cap on spear, while one hand rests on shield. Few planchet flaws, lustrous and proof-like. NGC graded MS-62. The standard issue gold 8 Escudos that were struck after Peru's independence and circulated as legal tender in the United States until the United States Mint struck $20.00 gold pieces in 1850."

This type was struck at Cuzco 1826-45 and at Lima 1826-40 and 1850-55. This is one of the more available dates.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .760 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Fr-63; KM 148.3.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 46: the Millenia Collection, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2008.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.

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