Peru 1964-ZBR libra

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photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The gold libra superseded the silver sol as Peru's main unit of currency in 1898. The libra weighed the same as a British sovereign and equalled ten soles. The type was struck until 1930 and again 1959-69, along with 1/5 libras and 1/2 libras. The issues of the sizties were strictly bullion coins and never appear in circulated condition. This example was lot 28881 on Jan 11 2011 and sold for $345 at the 2011 January World & Ancient coins Non-Floor Session #3013 by Heritage Auctions. The catalog description reads: "Republic gold Libra 1964, MS65 NGC, full mint brilliance."

Recorded mintage: 13,000.

Specification: 7.98 g, 0.917 fine gold, 0.2354 troy oz AGW, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 207.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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