Peru 1855-L MB 8 reales
The specimen shown was struck at the Lima mint in 1855. It has a reeded edge, unlike the issues of 1841-52, and so is considered a separate subtype. 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 eight reales was issued in 1840 (KM 142.9) and the last Arequipa eight reales was in 1841 (KM 142.11, an extreme rarity). The Pasco mint was open and made an irregular issue of four 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 double the price of the earlier issue.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 23.97 g, .903 silver, .696 troy oz ASW. This is considerably lighter than the usual 27.07 g standard, but this is confirmed by the specimen shown, which weighs 24.1 g.
Catalog reference: KM 142.10a.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.