Peru 1755-L JM 8 reales
This is an eight reales struck in Peru during the reign of Ferdinand VI (1746-1759). There are a host of varieties for this year reported by Gilboy, including and overdate, two styles of the digit 5, a normal (non-anagram) 'M' in the mintmark, and two assayer combinations. The pictured coin is a normal issue of the 'JM' assayer initials. It is listed by Gilboy as scarce.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine silver, .798 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-10604, G-8-6; KM-55.1.
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