Bolivia 1817-PTS PJ 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 474
This specimen was lot 474 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 60 euro (about US$95 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1817. Potosí. PJ. 8 reales. Bonito color. MBC+. (eight reales of 1817, Potosí mint. Nice color, choice very fine.)"
Assayer PJ is recorded for the years 1803-24. The Potosí mint changed hands several times during 1813-15 between the Argentines (republicans) and Bolivians (royalists). By 1817, the royalists had resumed their firm grip on Upper Peru which they held until 1825. Only the final crushing defeat of Spanish forces outside Lima prompted the local chiefs to declare independence and then only to avoid incorporation into Peru or Argentina.

Recorded mintage: 1,906,000.

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

Catalog reference: Cal. 606, 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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