Peru 1840-C A escudo

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Eliasberg lot 3561
Peru 1840Cuz escudo rev Eliasberg 3561.jpg
Ponterio sale 142, lot 1191

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[1] 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.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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