Peru 1842-L MB 8 reales
The specimen shown is one of a series struck at the Lima mint 1841-52. At this point, the branch mints Cuzco and Arequipa were winding down their operations after being very busy in the 1820's and 30's. The last Cuzco 8 reales was issued in 1840 (KM 142.9) and the last Arequipa 8 reales was in 1841 (KM 142.11, an extreme rarity). The Pasco mint was open and made an irregular issue of 4 reales 1843-57 (KM 151.4 thru KM 151.10). Even the later Lima issues are less prolific than the 1828-40 period, with the type shown valued about triple the price of the earlier issue.
The coin shown was lot 26088 and sold on Apr 18, 2011 for $89 at the 2011 April Rosemont Signature World & Ancient Coins CICF Auction #3014 by Heritage Auctions. The catalog description noted: "Republic 8 Reales 1842-MB Lima, EF45 details (cleaned) ANACS. From The Dana Roberts Collection."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, 0.903 silver, 0.786 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 142.10.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.