Peru 1844-Pasco M 4 reales
This specimen is one of a series struck 1843-45 at the Pasco mint for Peru. A similar type was issued again in 1855-1857. The Pasco mint had a relatively short history. It was opened originally due to its proximity to a very productive silver mining area (Cerro de Pasco). However, the mint was unable to turn a profit, or even to stop the clandestine trade of silver bullion that left Cerro de Pasco on a regular basis to Bolivia. There are several varieties for the year, some with the mint name PASCO written in monogram.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.54g, .903 silver, 0.3931 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 151.5.
- Flatt, Horace, The coins of independent Peru Volume IV: the Pasco and Arequipa Mints, Terrell, TX: Haja Enterprises, 1996.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.