Peru 1810-L JP 1/2 real

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Heritage sale 410, lot 17420
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Sedwick Treasure Auction 28, lot 1160

This specimen is one of a series struck 1809-11 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. Harris[1] noted finding one sixth as many Peruvian medio reales of Ferdinand VII as that of Mexico, including the standard bust of 1811-21. The imaginary bust type is scarce. The first specimen was lot 17420 in Heritage sale 410 (Long Beach, June 2006), where it sold for $59. The catalog description[2] noted, "Ferdinand VII 1/2 Real 1810-JP, imaginary bust, toned VG-F, clear details, appears to be an overdate. Very scarce little type." The second specimen was lot 1160 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 28 (Winter Park, FL, November 2020), where it sold for $336. The catalog description[3] noted, "Lima, Peru, bust 1/2 real, Ferdinand VII ("imaginary" bust), 1810JP, rare. Lightly toned VF+ with full details, no problems, scarce type."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 grams, .896 fine silver, .048 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-15051, Cal-351; KM 103.2.


  • [1]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, 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.
  • [2]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.
  • [3]Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 28, featuring the Dr. Peter Jones and John O'Brien collections, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2020.

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