Bolivia 1783-PTS PR 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 95 in Sedwick sale 12 (Winter Park, FL, October 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Potosi, Bolivia, bust 8 escudos, Charles III, 1783PR. Choice strike, AU details but some minor old scratches in field in front of face, hint of toning." 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. In 1785, the purity was reduced from .901 to .875 fine.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .901 fine gold, .786 troy oz AGW, this specimen 26.9 grams.
Catalog reference: KM-59; CT-149.
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