South Peru 1838-Cuz BA 8 reales

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photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg

This specimen was lot 1190 in Goldberg sale 46 (Beverly Hills, May 2008), where it sold for $2,000. The catalog description noted, "Peru - South Peru. 8 Reales, 1838-BA (Cuzco). State Coinage. Large letters 'CONFEDERACION' type. Radiant sun face, row of stars above. Reverse: Scene of crowned fortress, volcano, and ship at sea, and cornucopia below, all within wreath. Choice strike. Lustrous and very clean for series. Variegated medium to deep smoky toning, more intense on the obverse, with coloring in the recesses. A very attractive example. Three-year type. NGC graded MS-62."

Recorded mintage:

Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW, this specimen: 27.15 grams.

Catalog reference: WR-20; Eliz-182; KM 170.4.


  • Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 46: the Millenia Collection, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2008.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.