Peru 1812-L JP 1/2 real

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Peru 1812 medio real rev DSLR.jpg

This specimen is one of a series struck 1811-1821 at Lima, Peru, 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. However, Harris[1] noted the abundance of Ferdinand VII half reales as follows: Mexico City, Potosi, Santiago, Guatemala (all common), Lima, Zacatecas (somewhat scarce), Bogotá (scarce), Popayán (rare).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 113.1.


  • [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.

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