Bolivia 1823-PTS PJ 1/2 real

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Bolivia 1823 medio real rev 600.jpg

This is an example of a type struck 1814-25 at Potosi, Bolivia (then called Upper Peru) during the reign of Ferdinand VII. Harris[1] notes that Potosi half reales of Ferdinand VII are tied with Guatemala as the second commonest mint after Mexico City. Assayer PJ is recorded for 1803-25. Upper Peru was the last region of South America to declare independence from Spain, and then only to avoid annexation by Peru or Argentina.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 1.69 g, .896 fine silver, .048 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 90.


  • [1]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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