Peru 1808-L JP 1/2 real KM-103.1

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Sedwick sale 27, lot 1218

This specimen was lot 1218 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 27 (Winter Park, FL, May 2020), where it sold for $774.69. The catalog description[1] noted, "Lima, Peru, bust 1/2 real, Ferdinand VII transitional ("imaginary" bust), 1808JP, rare. Nice Fine with very light toning, weak and crude rims (as made), but still nicer than the few others we have seen (reportedly only six known). Pedigreed to the Heritage auction of June 2006 with original lot tag #17419." This specimen is one of a series struck 1808-09 using the "imaginary bust" during the reign of Ferdinand VII (1808-33). As a class, colonial coinage of Peru is much less plentiful than that of Mexico, tho it is more available than the remaining mints.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, 0.896 fine silver, this specimen 1.55 grams.

Catalog reference: Cal-349; KM-103.1, Cayón-15041.


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  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 27, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2020.

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