Bolivia 1788-PTS PR 1/2 real
This is an 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 notes that Potosi half reales of Charles III are second to Mexico City as the commonest mint. Assayer PR is recorded for 1776-94.
Recorded mintage: unknown but common.
Specification: 1.69 g, .896 fine silver, .048 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 51a.
- 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.