Peru 1840-C A escudo
This coin was minted in Cuzco, Peru, in 1840. This specimen was lot 3561 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $690. The catalog description noted, "1840 A 1 escudo. Cuzco mint. MS-62 (NGC). Types as above. Lustrous yellow gold with orange highlights, some natural granularity at rims. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type was struck at Cuzco 1826, 1830, 1840 and 1845-46 and at Lima 1826-29, 1833, 1850 and 1855. It is much scarcer than the prices in the SCWC would indicate.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .875 gold, .095 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 3.56 grams, 18.60 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 147.3, Fr-67.
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- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.