Peru 1810-L JP 1/2 real

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Heritage sale 410, lot 17420
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen is one of a series struck 1809-11 using the "imaginary bust" during the reign of Ferdinand VII (1808-33). 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[1] noted finding one sixth as many Peruvian medio reales of Ferdinand VII as that of Mexico, including the standard bust of 1811-21. The imaginary bust type is scarce.

This specimen was lot 17420 in Heritage sale 410 (Long Beach, June 2006), where it sold for $59. The catalog description[2] noted, "Ferdinand VII 1/2 Real 1810-JP, imaginary bust, toned VG-F, clear details, appears to be an overdate. Very scarce little type."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 103.2.


  • [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.
  • [2]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.

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