Peru 1775-L MJ 4 reales
This specimen was lot 4183 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $270.25. The catalog description noted, "PERU. 4 Reales, 1775-MJ. Charles III (1759-88). NGC VG-08. VERY RARE. 'GARTIA' legend error. Very interesting and significant." This type is listed for Peru 1772-89 and is quite scarce, even without mentioning the error in the obverse legend. The fineness was lowered from .903 to .896 in 1785.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.54 g, .903 fine silver, .392 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 77.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.