South Peru 1837-Cuz BA 2 reales
The specimen shown is a two reales struck at the Cuzco mint in 1837 for the short-lived state of South Peru. The mint was financially unsound, thus mint personnel debased the silver coinage in an effort to remain in operation. This confederation of Peru and Bolivia was broken up in 1839. Half reales, four reales, eight reales, half escudos, escudos and eight escudos are known for this state.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.5 g, .667 fine silver, 0.139 troy oz ASW (the low silver content accounts for the greenish color of the coin).
Catalog reference: KM 169.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.