Bolivia 1785-PTS PR 8 escudos

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Aureo sale 246, lot 727
Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 341
Bolivia Stacks Jan15-341r.jpg
The first specimen was lot 727 in Aureo y Calicó sale 246 (Barcelona, September 2012), where it sold for 875 € (about $1,328 including buyer's fees). The catalog[1] noted,
"Carlos III (1759-1788). 1785. Potosí. PR. 8 escudos. Hojitas. Rayitas. Limpiada. Escasa. (MBC) (Charles III, Eight escudos of 1785, Potosí mint. Marks, scratches, cleaned, scarce, very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 341 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description[2] noted, "BOLIVIA. 8 Escudos, 1785-PTSPR. Charles III (1759-88). PCGS EF-40 Secure Holder. Light orange peel 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, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-1; KM 59, Cal. 152.

Source:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • 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.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Numismática, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2012.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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