Bolivia 1834-PTS LM 2 scudos
This specimen was lot 1058 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $2530. The catalog description noted, "1834 LM 2 escudos. Potosi mint. MS-63 (NGC). Types as above. Rich yellow gold with exceptional lustre. A lovely specimen. 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. The two scudos denomination is rare, being struck 1834-35 and 1841 only.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.8 g, .875 gold, .191 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 6.75 grams, 22.60 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 101, Fr-23.
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