1808 Peru 2 reales with Ferdin VII and serration countermarks (Double Countermarks)

In 1832, Ferdin VII ordered the colony to have its coin countermark due the shortage of coins for the Philippines. The Manila counterstamp was a failure and a simple counterstamp was instead ordered as replacement.

Counterstamping of lower denominations were forbidden and thus only 4 to 6 specimen of 2-reales and 4-reales counterstamp are believed to exist. There were no reports of Ferdin VII countermark on 2 pillar portrait reales or any pre-revolutionary coinage of the Spanish colony. What makes this coin exceptional and unique is it has 2 distinct countermarks, the first one is the F70 on the obverse and on the reverse is serrated countermark on the reverse.


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