Peru 1855-L MB 4 escudos

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40309
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40309 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,116. The catalog description[1] noted, "PERU. 4 Escudos, 1855-L MB. PCGS AU-53." This type was struck in Lima 1828 and 1850-55 only and is the scarcest gold denomination for Peru. There is no mention of Cuzco or Arequipa striking this type.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 13.50 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-64; KM-150.4.


  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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