Peru 1851-L MB 1/2 escudo

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30910
Peru 1851 medio escudo rev H3029-30910.jpg

This specimen was lot 30910 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 1/2 Escudo 1851 Lima-MB, MS64 NGC. This sparkling little gold coin displays well-struck features and full mint brilliance. Very rare in this superior quality and listed as a key date in the SCWC. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." This type was struck at Cuzco in 1826 and at Lima 1826-56. It is much scarcer than the prices in the SCWC would indicate.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a scarce date.

Specification: 1.69 g, .875 gold, .047 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 146.1.


  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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