Peru 1753-L J real

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Ponterio sale 153, lot 8684
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 8684 in Ponterio sale 153 (Baltimore, March 2010), where it sold for $218.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "PERU. Real, 1753-J. Ex: Whittier Collection. Nicely toned. NGC AU-58." This type was struck 1751-60 for king Ferdinand VI. This date is unusual in having a single letter assayer. As a class, pillar coinage of Peru is much less plentiful than that of Mexico, tho it is more available than the remaining mints. One reales are quite scarce.

Mexican numismatists hotly debate which side of the coin constitutes the obverse. Gilboy depicts the shield side as the obverse as that side bears the king's name. However, auction catalogs and dealer listings more frequently use the pillars and globes side as the obverse, as that side bears the date.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .917 fine silver, .100 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-10305, KM-52; Gilboy L-1-2b.

Source:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Gilboy, Frank F., The Milled Columnarios of Central and South America: Spanish American Pillar Coinage, 1732 to 1772, Regina, Saskatchewan: Prairie Wind Publishing, 1999.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 151: The 2009 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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