South Peru 1838-Areq 2 reales
The specimen shown is a two reales struck at the Arequipa mint in 1838 for the short-lived state of South Peru. 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, .139 troy oz ASW (the low silver content accounts for the greenish color of the coin).
Catalog reference: KM 189.2.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.