Peru 1791-L IJ 8 reales
This specimen is one of a series struck 1789-91 during the reign of Charles IV (1788-1808). This is a transitional type using the bust of Charles III with Charles IV's name. As a class, colonial coinage of Peru is much less plentiful than that of Mexico, tho it is more available than the remaining mints. Harris noted finding about one-third as many Peruvian eight reales of Charles IV as that of Mexico, so it is safe to say that this type is not rare. Assayer "IJ" is noted for the years 1787-1803.
Recorded mintage: 4,102,000 (including KM 97).
Specification: 27.07 grams, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 87.
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