Bolivia 1782-PTS PR 4 reales

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Ponterio sale 151, lot 8894
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This is a late example of a type struck 1773-89 at Potosi, Bolivia (then called Upper Peru). It was replaced in 1791 by the bust of Charles IV. Harris[1] notes that Potosi four reales of Charles III are the commonest mint, with twice as many as Mexico City. Recent hoard finds have only increased this number. This specimen was lot 8894 in Ponterio sale 151 (Baltimore, November 2009), where it sold for $373.75. The catalog description[2] noted, "BOLIVIA. 4 Reales, 1782/1-PR. KM-54; PA-27. SCARCE overdate that is bold and clear. Nicely toned CHOICE VERY FINE."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .903 fine silver, .392 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 54.

Source:

  • [1]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 151: The 2009 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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