Bolivia 1780-PTS PR 4 escudos
The specimen shown was lot 100 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $1,840. The catalog description noted, "Potosi, Bolivia, bust 4 escudos, Charles III, 1780PR, rare. Lustrous (lightly cleaned) XF, well centered and well struck." 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: 13.4 grams.
Catalog reference: CT-364; KM-58.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.
- 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.