Peru 1856-L MB 1/2 escudo

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Peru 1856 medio escudo rev Stacks 110-1519.jpg

This specimen was lot 1519 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $345. The catalog description[1] noted, "PERU. Republic. ½ Escudo, 1856 LIMAE MB. Oval wreath under Mint and Assayer initials. Rv. Arms filling field. Area of weak strike at l. rim. Uncirculated." 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.

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]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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