Bolivia 1776-PTS JR 4 reales
This is an early example of a type struck 1772-89 at Potosi, Bolivia (then called Upper Peru). It was replaced in 1791 by the bust of Charles IV. Harris notes that Potosi four reales of Charles III are the commonest mint, with twice as many as Mexico City. Recent hoard finds have only increased this number. The specimen shown was lot 953 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $172.50. The catalog description noted, "Potosi, Bolivia, bust 4 reales, Charles III, 1776JR. Lightly toned AVF with bold date, slightly crude rims, very slightly wavy flan, popular date."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.53 g, .896 fine silver, .390 troy oz ASW, this specimen 13.0 grams.
Catalog reference: KM-54; CT-1177.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.