South Peru 1838-C MS 1/2 Escudo
This specimen was lot 3553 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1,265. The catalog description noted, "1838 MS 1/2 escudo. Cuzco mint. South Peru. MS-62 (NGC). Types as above. Deep and lustrous yellow gold, some hairlines and light dirt specks in the legends. A nice example with minimal signs of handling. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.69 g, .875 fine gold, .047 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 1.75 grams, 15.10 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-94, KM 173.
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- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.