Peru 1768-L JM 1/2 real
This specimen is one of a series struck 1760-72 during the reign of Carlos III (1760-1788). There are two reported varieties for this year, the variety shown has a normal M in the mintmark. Gilboy considers it scarce. As a class, colonial coinage of Peru is much less plentiful than that of Mexico, though it is more available than the remaining mints. However, Harris noted only one-fifth as many Peruvian half reales of Charles III as that of Mexico, so it can be generally said that these fractionals are scarce.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.69 grams, .917 fine silver, .049 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-11079, L-05-20, KM 51.
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