Peru 1771-L JM 8 reales
This specimen was lot 1515 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $2,070. The catalog description noted, "PERU. Carlos III, 1759-1788. 8 Reales, 1771 LIMAE JM. Crowned shield, royal title displays incredibly garbled HIAPSN for the correct Latin HISPAN. Rv. Crowned globes and Pillars. A wholly satisfying example of a famous Lima Mint engraver's error. EF-40 (ICG)." This type was struck 1760-72 but this spectacular error is rare. Lima pillar dollars of this period come with one dot or two dots, referring to the dots over the mintmarks; the specimen shown is a "one dot" variety.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine silver, .798 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 64.2, Cayón 11207.
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