Peru 1820-L JP 1/2 real
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 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 113.2.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.