Bolivia 1824-PTS PJ 1/2 real
This is an example of a type struck 1814-25 at Potosi, Bolivia (then called Upper Peru) during the reign of Ferdinand VII. This specimen was lot 22067 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $164.50. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA. 1/2 Real, 1824-PtsPJ. NGC MS-64. Great strike with lovely toning." Harris 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.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2017 Denver ANA Auction: Ancients, Selections from The Richard Stuart Collection & World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.