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Peru 1906 1 Libra Gold Coin - 0.2354 oz Gold

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  • Closed: Mon 19 Jan 2009, 9:39 pm
Listing #: 197443684
Peru is Famous for Gold
Few countries issued any gold coins after 1932, and most of these were commemoratives. Britain for example issued no bullion sovereigns between 1932 and 1957. Peru is one of the few countries which continued to issue bullion gold coins for most of this period.

The Incas
The Inca empire centred on Peru once ruled much of South America, but was already in decline when Spain began its conquest in 1531. The Incas worshipped a sun god, and the warm yellow glow of gold was believed by many ancient civilisations to belong to the sun gold, or be related to the sun in some other way.

Peruvian History
Peru claimed independence in 1821, and this was eventually recognised by Spain in 1879. Peru and Bolivia were briefly united from 1836 to 1839, Simon Bolivar is recognised as a hero in both countries, but this met with Peruvian resistance and Chilean intervention. South and North Peru issued their own coinage shortly after this. Peru lost territory to Chile in the War of the Pacific from 1879 to 1881.
Discovery of silver at Potosi in 1545 lead to Peru also issuing large quantities of silver coins.

This auction is for a 1906 Una (1) Libra Gold Coin from Peru. The original mintage of this coin was approximately 201,000. There are fairly few of that original mintage still around today, as most would have been melted and reused long ago.

Una Libra Peruvian gold is 0.9166 (22 carat) gold, and the coin is 22mm in diameter.

At 0.2354 Troy Ounces of gold actual gold weight, it is identical in actual gold weight to a Sovereign.

The condition is as per the photos.

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Closes: Mon 19 Jan, 9:39 pm. 2009