Peru 1810-L JP 4 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3508
Peru 1810 4 escudos rev Eliasberg 3508.jpg
Aureo sale 232, lot 317
This coin was minted in Lima, Peru, of a type struck 1809-10 only. The imaginary bust appeared on one, two, four and eight escudos gold pieces; all are rare. The first specimen was lot 3521 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $13,800. The catalog description[1] noted, "1810 JP 4 escudos. Lima mint. AU-50 (NGC). Types as above. Medium gold, some lustre remaining, traces of removable wax among reverse design elements. Even and choice in appearance and highly elusive type, struck at Lima for only two years. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." The second specimen shown was lot 235 in Aureo y Calico sale 232 (Barcelona, March 2011), where it sold for 9,000 euros (about $14,850 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"1810. Lima. JP. 4 escudos. (No figuraba en la colección Caballero de las Yndias). Busto indígena. Bella. Brillo original. Muy rara y más así. EBC+ (Four escudos of 1810, Lima mint. Not in the collection of the Caballero de las Yndias. Indigenous bust, nice, original luster, very rare, choice extremely fine.)

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 13.45 grams, 30.40 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cal. 131, Fr-45, KM 112.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [2]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.

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