Bolivia 1803-PTS PJ 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 1039
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This specimen was lot 1039 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $3,220. The catalog description[1] noted, "1803 PJ 8 escudos. Potosi mint. MS-62 (NGC). Types as above. Lustrous yellow gold with reflective surfaces. Extremely flashy, but a short diagonal scratch off the forehead of Carlos IV. Otherwise this coin would be nearly a gem. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

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 scarce.

Recorded mintage: 17,000.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 27.08 grams, 37.30 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 81, Fr-14, Calico Onza-1102.

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.
  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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