Peru 1922 1/5 libra

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Heritage sale 3049, part of lot 33788
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was part of lot 33788 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), which sold for $293.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic Pair of gold 1/5 Libras 1907 1922, Both KM 210 and Lima mint. Both Brilliant Uncirculated examples. From the Commander Collection." The gold libra superseded the silver sol as Peru's main unit of currency in 1898. The libra weighed the same as a British sovereign and equalled ten soles. The type was struck 1906-69, along with 1/2 libras and one libras.

Recorded mintage: 8,110.

Specification: 1.60 g, .917 fine gold, AGW 0.1834 oz.

Catalog reference: KM 210.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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