Bolivia 1823-PTS PJ 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 480
This specimen was lot 480 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 120 euro (about US$190 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1823. Potosí. PJ. 8 reales. Bella. Escasa así. EBC-/EBC (eight reales of 1823, Potosí mint. Handsome, scarce thus, about extremely 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 1816, 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: unknown but common. Assayer JP is scarcer.

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

Catalog reference: Cal. 613, 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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