Bolivia 1825-PTS JL real

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Goldberg sale 87, lot 2819
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This specimen was lot 2819 in Goldberg sale 87 (Los Angeles, September 2015), where it sold for $117.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Bolivia. Real, 1825/3 PTS JL. Ferdinand VII. Light haymarking, brilliant original mint luster. NGC graded MS-64." This specimen is one of a series minted 1813-25 in Potosi during the reign of Ferdinand VII. It uses the "standard bust" of Ferdinand. The Potosí mint changed hands several times during 1813-15 between the Argentines (republicans) and Bolivians (royalists). By 1816, the royalists had resumed their firm grip on Upper Peru which they held until 1825. Only the final crushing defeat of Spanish forces outside Lima prompted the local chiefs to declare independence and then only to avoid incorporation into Peru or Argentina.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 3.38 g, .896 fine silver, .097 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-87.


  • Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 87: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.

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