Bolivia 1795-PTS PP 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 30423 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,800. The catalog description noted, "Charles IV gold 4 Escudos 1795 PTS-PP XF45 NGC, Potosi mint. The first example of the date which we have offered, this wholesome piece features even wear and pleasing surfaces, along with an enchanting golden-cabernet tone near the peripheries. A fairly scarce issue, and the only specimen of the date certified at either service. Worthy of intense focus and study from the collectors of Latin American." 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. This type was minted 1791-1808 and is rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown but likely a few thousand at most.
Specification: 13.53 g, .901 fine gold, .393 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 80, Fr-15.
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