Bolivia 1786-PTS PR 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 462 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA. 8 Escudos, 1786-PTSPR. Charles III (1759-88). PCGS EF-45. Date appears to be 6/5." 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.
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