Peru 1810-L JP 1/2 real
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 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 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.
- 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.
- Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.