Peru 1795-L IJ 2 reales

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
from the Mountain Groan Collection

This specimen is one of a series struck 1791-1808 during the reign of Charles IV (1788-1808). The years 1791-93 saw the use of a local bust slightly larger than the standard bust of later years. 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[1] noted finding twice as many Peruvian two reales of Charles IV as that of Mexico, so it is safe to say that this type is common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 grams, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 95.

Source:

  • [1]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 3rd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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