Bolivia 1813-PTS PJ 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 469
Aureo sale 238, lot 470
The first specimen was lot 469 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 220 euro (about US$349 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1813. Potosí. PJ. 8 reales. Escasa y más así. MBC+/EBC-. (eight reales of 1813, Potosí mint. Scarce, choice very fine to extremely fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 470 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 1,900 euro (about US$3,013 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1813. Potosí. PJ. 8 reales. Error FERDIN IIV. Pátina. Atractiva. Muy rara. MBC/MBC+. (eight reales of 1813, Potosí mint, "FERDIN IIV" error. Toned, attractive, very rare, choice very fine.)"
Assayer PJ is recorded for the years 1803-24. No Potosí mint coins are known dated 1810-12. In 1813, the royalists recaptured the mint from the Argentines and resumed the issue of Ferdinand VII pesos. The second specimen is a well known error catalogued at ten times the price of the normal issue.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common; the error is rare.

Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine, .780 ASW.

Catalog reference: Cal. 601, Cal. 602, KM 84.

Source:

  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 3rd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.

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