Peru 1842 1/4 real

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from Sedwick Treasure Auction 21, lot 1703

This type was struck at Lima 1826-56. The date is listed in the SCWC as common, tho all Peruvian minors are scarcer in nice condition than the catalog values would indicate; among the quarter reales, only the 1855 is frequently seen. Many overdates are listed, including an 1842/32. This specimen was lot 1703 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 21 (Winter Park, FL, May 2017), where it sold for $334.60. The catalog description[1] noted, "Lima, Peru, 1/4 real, 1842, encapsulated NGC MS 62, finest known in NGC census. Typical variety for this year with 2 of date separated at bottom and appearing like a 9, rich rainbow toning over muted luster, no marks or wear, slightly crude rims due to centering, top specimen at NGC by three grades. NGC #2713812-015. Acquired through Bill Christensen in 1973 and reportedly from an Eastern European bank collection known to have contained specimens from the Fonrobert collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: .84 g, .903 fine silver, .024 troy oz ASW, this specimen 0.6 gram.

Catalog reference: KM-143.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #21, featuring Selections from the Richard Stuart Collection, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2017.

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