Bolivia 1779-PTS PR 4 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 1018
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This specimen was lot 1018 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $2990. The catalog description[1] noted, "1779 PR 4 escudos. Potosi mint. EF-45 (NGC). Armored bust of Carlos III to right, legends around, date below/crowned arms at center, garter around, denomination within garter, legends around garter, assayer's mark and mintmark below shield. Medium gold with deep orange highlights. Old scratch on cheek, some light hairlines, an appealing specimen of this challenging denomination. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

While silver coins from Bolivia exist in vast quantities, gold from Bolivia is scarce. For the colonial period, Colombia may be regarded as the most prolific issuer, followed by Mexico, followed by Peru. Bolivia, Chile and Guatemala are minor sources. This type was minted 1778-88 and is rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .901 fine gold, .393 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 13.42 grams, 30.20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 58, Fr-2.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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