South Peru 1837-BA 8 reales KM-170.1

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Stacks Bowers ANA sale, lot 1352
photo courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC

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[1] 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.
  • [1]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.

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