Peru 1954 20 soles
This specimen was lot 39539 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $528.75. The catalog description noted, "PERU. 20 Soles, 1954. NGC MS-64. A tough date for world gold collectors attempting to complete a 20th century gold set with a coin from each year. The Peruvian 1954 issues are one of the few available world gold coins for the date. A choice example of the date with highly reflective nearly proof-like fields and sharply struck devices." This denomination, struck 1950-69, was theoretically a circulating coin but actually was a bullion piece like her sisters, the gold five, ten, fifty and hundred soles.
Recorded mintage: 1,732.
Specification: 9.36 g, .900 fine gold, .269 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-80; KM-229.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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.