Bolivia 1825-PTS JL 2 reales

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Aureo sale 242, lot 283
This specimen was lot 283 in Aureo y Calico sale 242 (Barcelona, March 2012), where it sold for 211 € (about $328 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Fernando VII (1808-1833). 1825. Potosí. JL. 2 reales. Bella. Preciosa pátina. Rara así. EBC+. (Ferdinand VII, 1808-33, two reales of 1825, Potosi mint. Nice, beautiful patina, rare thus, choice extremely fine)."
This specimen is one of a series minted 1813-25 in Potosi during the reign of Ferdinand VII. It uses the "standard bust" of Ferdinand. 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 somewhat scarce.

Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .196 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 83, Cal. 1002.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2012.

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