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Quarter real of Peru

This foreign silver coin came in from a detectorist named Gary. It measures only 12mm in diameter but is shown greatly enlarged.

The only thing on one side is the standing figure of a llama. On the other side, in three lines, is LIMA ¼ 1846. All this adds up to the coin being a silver quarter real, which was struck at the mint in Lima in Peru at some time during 1846.


Gary’s find has been struck slightly off centre but is otherwise in good Fine condition and I’ve never seen another example as a detecting find. However, in itself it isn’t particularly scarce, so in its present condition my highest price estimate would be £10.

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