Peru 1820-L JP 2 reales
This specimen is one of a series struck 1811-23 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 finding more Peruvian two reales of Ferdinand VII than that of Mexico, so it is safe to say that this type is common. The royalists, being driven out of Lima, set up a temporary mint in Cuzco in 1824 and briefly struck two reales there; these are rare.
Specification: 6.77 grams, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 115.1.
- 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.