Peru 1858-MB 1/2 real

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Peru 1858 medio real rev DSLR.jpg
from the Acanthite collection
from the Acanthite collection

This medio real was struck in Lima for Peru in 1858. It has a large cud error on the portrait side. Bruce[1] lists one variety for 1858, that of a 1858/68 reverse overdate. This is the only date for this style of "standing liberty". During this transition period, fractionals denominated in reales mixed with those denominated in centavos and centimos. All coinage after 1858 ceased using the "standing liberty" motif and began using the "seated liberty" design. After 1863 the denomination "real" ceased to be used.

Recorded mintage: 228,000.

Specification: 1.25 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.0361 oz ASW, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 177.


  • [1]Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.

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