Peru 1808-L JP 8 escudos
This coin was minted in Lima, Peru, and is the final date of a type struck 1792-1808. This specimen was lot 3505 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $3,680. The catalog description noted, "1808 JP 8 escudos. Lima mint. MS-62 (NGC). Types as above. Highly lustrous yellow gold with deep orange highlights and some reflectivity in the fields. Planchet imperfection at the upper left of the shield, somewhat hidden in the design. Nicely struck and attractive. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."
Recorded mintage: unknown. Altho the SCWC prices this coin the same as a similar eight escudos of Mexico City, it is much rarer.
Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 27.07 grams, 35.50 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-40, Calico Onza-1007, KM 101.
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