Peru 1796-L IJ 2 reales

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 ANA sale, lot 23063
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This specimen was lot 23063 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "PERU. 2 Reales, 1796-IJ. NGC MS-62. Good strike with attractive iridescent toning." This specimen is one of a series struck 1791-1808 during the reign of Charles IV (1788-1808). The years 1791-93 saw the use of a local bust slightly larger than the standard bust of later years. As a class, colonial coinage of Peru is much less plentiful than that of Mexico, tho it is more available than the remaining mints. However, Harris[2] noted finding twice as many Peruvian two reales of Charles IV as that of Mexico, so it is safe to say that this type is common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 grams, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-95.


  • [2]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 2, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2017 Denver ANA Auction: Ancients, Selections from The Richard Stuart Collection & World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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