South Peru 1838-Cuz BA 8 reales
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."
This South American crown is one of the classic designs of the series. Fortunately for collectors, it is not rare in circulated condition altho the Arequipa issue (KM 170.3) is very rare. The South Peru issues are the result of a short-lived conferation of Peru and Bolivia 1836-39.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
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.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
- Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.