Bolivia 1776-PTS JR 8 reales
This specimen is one of a series struck 1773-89 in Potosi during the reign of Charles III of Spain. Assayer JR is recorded for 1767-76. Assayer PR is also noted for 1776 and is priced quite a bit lower. Many of these pesos ended up being overstruck in Brazil for use as 960 réis.
Recorded mintage: unknown. Later dates, similarly priced, have mintages about 2-4 million.
Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine, .785 ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 55.
- Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.