Peru 1808-L JP 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3505
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This coin was minted in Lima, Peru, and is the final date of a type struck 1791-1808. This specimen was lot 3505 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $3,680. The catalog description[1] noted, "1808 JP 8 escudos. Lima mint. MS-62 (NGC). Types as above. Highly lustrous yellow gold with deep orange highlights and some reflectivity in the fields. Planchet imperfection at the upper left of the shield, somewhat hidden in the design. Nicely struck and attractive. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

Recorded mintage: unknown. Altho the SCWC prices this coin the same as a similar eight escudos of Mexico City, it is much rarer.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 27.07 grams, 35.50 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-16356, Fr-40, Calico Onza-1007, KM 101.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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