Peru 1759-L JM 2 reales
This specimen is one of a series struck 1752-60 during the reign of Ferdinand VII (1746-59). Gilboy notes the date as rare. There is only one reported variety, in which the mint anagram is dotted. As a class, pillar coinage of Peru is much less plentiful than that of Mexico, though it is more available than the remaining mints. The second specimen was lot 21327 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $3,172.50. The catalog description noted, "PERU. 2 Reales, 1759-JM. Lima Mint. PCGS MS-63 Secure Holder. VERY RARE in this high state of preservation. Sharply struck with light attractive toning and excellent eye appeal."
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: 6.77 grams, .917 fine silver, .200 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-10454, Gilboy L-2-9, KM 53.
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