South Peru 1838-Cuz MS 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3014, lot 26086
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This South American crown is one of the classic designs of the series. Fortunately for collectors, it is not rare in circulated condition although the Arequipa issue (KM 170.3) is very rare. The South Peru issues are the result of a short-lived conferation of Peru and Bolivia 1836-39.

This specimen was lot 26086 and sold on Apr 16, 2011 for $345 at the 2011 April Rosemont Signature World & Ancient Coins CICF Auction #3014 by Heritage Auctions. The catalog description noted:
"Cuzco Sunface 8 Reales 1838-MS, AU58 details (graffiti) ANACS, South Peru sunface style. Deeply struck and unflawed on the reverse. Obverse would have been nearly comparable but for the addition of a '#' scratched near the final date digit; it is not obvious whether that was on the die or is on the coin itself. From The Dana Roberts Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, 0.896 fine silver, 0.780 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: WR-20; Eliz-182; KM 170.4.


  • 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.
  • Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.

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