South Peru 1837-BA 8 reales KM-170.1
This type was struck in Cuzco for the short-lived state of South Peru. It was struck 1837-39 in various varieties and is only somewhat scarcer than the regular issue of Peru. For 1837, assayers "BA" and "MS" are noted along with a variation in the reverse legend ("FEDERACION" vs. "CONFEDERACION"). The complete span of Peru standing liberty eight reales runs 1825-55. This specimen was lot 1352 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $2,115. The catalog description noted, "PERU. South Peru. 8 Reales, 1837-BA. Cuzco Mint. NGC MS-62. 'FEDERACION'. Incuse edge lettering. Lustrous with hints of light toning."
Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common.
Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, .786 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-170.1.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.