Bolivia 1789-PTS PR 4 reales

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Sedwick sale 11, lot 955

This is a late example of a type struck 1772-89 at Potosi, Bolivia (then called Upper Peru). It is NOT the transitional type of 1789-90. It was replaced in 1791 by the bust of Charles IV. The specimen shown was lot 955 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Potosi, Bolivia, bust 4 reales, Charles III, 1789PR, very rare. Deeply toned Fine with slightly crude rims (as made, except for one small rim-bump), old marks on bust, final date of type (non-transitional) and reportedly one of only four known (despite the KM values)."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .896 fine silver, .390 troy oz ASW, this specimen 12.9 grams.

Catalog reference: KM-54; CT-1201.


  • 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.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.

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