Peru 1778-L MJ 2 reales
This specimen is one of a series struck 1772-89 during the reign of Charles III (1759-88). Later issues (1785-89) were struck with the silver fineness reduced to 896 thousandths. 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 noted finding about half as many Peruvian two reales of Charles III as that of Mexico, so it is safe to say that this type is common.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 grams, .903 fine silver, .196 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-11580, KM 76.
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- Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.