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    1839 Areq-MV Peru (South Peru) 8 Reales, AU55

    1839 Areq-MV Peru (South Peru) 8 Reales, AU55 NGC. KM142.7. Arequipa mint. Here is one of the rarities of Peruvian coinage. This early Republican issue is virtually never encountered. When it does appear, it is most often damaged or low grade. The coin offered here is a lovely toned example with soft gray patination and strong underlying luster. The standing female symbolizing Liberty dominates the obverse; she carries a capped pole and rests her hand on a shield inscribed LI/BER/TAD. The reverse has a wreath above arms, with sprigs at both sides and date below. Arequipa is a major manufacturing center in southern Peru today, but was far less influential at the time of independence. 4 Reales coins were minted in some quantity in the 1840s but virtually no 8 Reales coins with the figure of Liberty were issued. It is a great privilege to offer such a rarity, further enhanced by its exceptional condition.
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    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
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