Argentina 1815-PTS FL 8 soles
This specimen was lot 1142 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $27,225. The catalog description noted, "ARGENTINA, Provincias del Rio de la Plata. 1813-1837. AR 8 Soles. Potosí mint. Dated 1815 PTS FL. Denomination 8 S/R. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Superb Gem BU with incredible strike and multicolored iridescent patina overall. This is without a doubt the finest 8 real of this period that this cataloger has ever seen. This is the highest graded for this type. Ex F.C.C. Boyd Collection (Superior Stamp & Coin, 19 August 1975), lot 1731." This type was struck only in 1815 and is expensive; similar designs were issued 1813 (KM 5) and 1826-37 (KM 20) which are more available. After General Belgrano captured the villa of Potosí, the general assembly in Buenos Aires issued a law authorizing the minting of the first Argentinian coins on April 13, 1813 in silver and gold. The characteristics and design were sent to Potosí 15 days later, and the first known examples of this silver crown surfaced in Buenos Aires on July 28, 1813. Striking continued until November of the same year when the villa of Potosí was recaptured by forces loyal to the Spanish crown. The mint was reoccupied by General Rondeau and the similar designs previously mentioned were struck in 1815 from April to November, when the Spanish forces once again retook the villa of Potosí. The designs from 1826 to 1837 were minted in the province of Rioja.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver; this specimen Ø38 mm, 27.01 g, 12h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 15; El 7.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.