Peru 1798-L IJ 8 escudos

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from Sedwick Treasure Auction 21, lot 188

This specimen was lot 188 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 21 (Winter Park, FL, May 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Lima, Peru, bust 8 escudos, Charles IV, 1798IJ, rare error lacking the P in HISP. VF/XF with lots of small lamination flaws on bust, striations from cleaning, but the egregious error quite clear. (For whatever reason, this variety is unlisted in KM and CT but appears as #993 in Calico's book La Onza [2004])." This coin was minted 1792-1808 and is the most common Peruvian colonial eight escudos.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 26.94 grams.

Catalog reference: CT-unl. (cf. 16); KM-101 for type.


  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #21, featuring Selections from the Richard Stuart Collection, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2017.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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