Bolivia 1825-PTS J 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 484
This specimen is one of a series struck 1808-09, 1813-25 during the reign of Ferdinand VII. It is a common date and type, though the SCWC values it about 60% more than the contemporary Mexican issue. Assayer J is recorded for 1824-25 only. This specimen was lot 484 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 300 euro (about US$476 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1825. Potosí. J. 8 reales. Rara y más así. MBC+. (eight reales of 1825, Potosí mint. Rare, very fine plus.)"
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 J is rare.

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

Catalog reference: Cal. 616, KM 84.


  • 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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