Peru 1759-L JM 1/2 real

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Aureo sale 242, lot 186
from the Mountain Groan Collection
Peru 1759 medio real rev DSLR.jpg
The specimen shown was lot 186 in Aureo y Calico sale 242 (Barcelona, March 2012), where it sold for 240 € (about $373 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Fernando VI (1746-1759). 1759. Lima. JM. Medio real. Columnario. Muy bella. Preciosa pátina irisada. Rara así. EBC. (Ferdinand VI (1746-59), half real of 1759, pillar type. Very handsome, iridescent toning, rare thus, extremely fine.)"
This specimen is one of a series struck 1751-60 during the reign of Ferdinand VI (1746-59). As a class, colonial coinage of Peru is much less plentiful than that of Mexico, tho it is more available than the remaining mints. However, Harris[2] noted only one-fifth as many Peruvian half reales of Charles III as that of Mexico, so it is safe to say that this type is scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 grams, .917 fine silver, .049 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: L-05-10, Cal. 645, KM 51.

Source:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Gilboy, Frank F., The Milled Columnarios of Central and South America: Spanish American Pillar Coinage, 1732 to 1772, Regina, Saskatchewan: Prairie Wind Publishing, 1999.
  • Yonaka, Brad, A Variety Guide to the Pillar Coinage of the Guatemala, Bogota, Lima, Potosi, and Santiago Mints, 1752-1771, Long Beach, CA: Agorocu Consulting, 2018.
  • [2]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2012.

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