Peru 1855-L MB 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 30913 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,997.50. The catalog description noted, "Republic gold 8 Escudos 1855 Lima-MB, AU58 NGC. Variety with REPUB. A remarkable coin with virtually flawless surfaces and bold design features. This series is usually plagued with laminations and poorly prepared planchets. Clearly, the Newman coin presents a superior example and is worthy of a premium bid. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." This type was struck at Cuzco 1826-45 and at Lima 1826-40 and 1850-55. This subtype, struck 1855 only, is marked by having "REPUB" abbreviated on the reverse. This is one of the more available dates.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .760 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 148.5.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
- 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.