Peru 1796-L IJ 1/2 real

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Peru 1796 medio real rev DSLR.jpg

This specimen is one of a series struck 1791-1808 during the reign of Charles IV (1788-1808). 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 only one-sixth as many Peruvian half reales of Charles IV as that of Mexico, so it is safe to say that this type is scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 grams, .896 fine silver, .048 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 93.

Source:

  • [1]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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