Peru 1831-L MM 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3005, lot 22183
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions
the same specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
Peru 1831 8 reales rev DSLR.jpg

This specimen was lot 22183 in Heritage Auctions sale 3005 (Long Beach, May 2009), where it sold for $299. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 8 Reales 1831-MM Lima, MS62 NGC, lovely old-time toning with a superb reverse. This piece ...[was] discovered last year in a wall in Europe." The white bumps shown in the photos are the plastic tabs on NGC's new holder. This type was struck at Lima 1828-40 and at Cuzco 1830-35 and is the most common; the complete span of Peru standing liberty eight reales runs 1825-55. Assayer JM is also recorded for 1831 but is much rarer.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, .786 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 142.3.


  • [1]Tucker, Warren and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3005: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.

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