Bolivia 1832-PTS JL 8 scudos
This specimen was lot 1051 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $2,070. The catalog description noted, "1832 JL 8 escudos. Potosi mint. MS-61 (NGC). Types as above. Lustrous yellow gold with subtle peripheral toning, obverse rim nick at 3:00, some trivial planchet flaws on reverse as often seen. A very nice quality type coin. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."
While silver coins from Bolivia exist in vast quantities, gold from Bolivia is scarce. For the colonial period, Colombia may be regarded as the most prolific issuer, followed by Mexico, followed by Peru. Bolivia, Chile and Guatemala are minor sources. This type was minted 1831-40 and is scarce, especially in nice condition.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 27.06 grams, 35.30 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 99, Fr-21, Calico Onza-1578.
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