Peru 1796-L IJ 2 reales
This specimen was lot 23063 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description 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 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.
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