Peru 1850-L MB 4 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3567
Peru 1850LM 4 escudos rev Eliasberg 3567.jpg

This coin was minted in Lima, Peru, in 1850. The striking of four escudos after independence was erratic; only the dates 1828, 1850 and 1853-55 are known. None are common. This specimen was lot 3567 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $2,990. The catalog description[1] noted, "1850 MB 4 escudos. Lima mint. AU-58 (NGC). Types as above. Medium yellow gold, a few light obverse scratches, rim nick atop obverse, good lustre. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.5 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 13.41 grams, 29.10 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 150.2, Fr-64.


  • [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.

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