Bolivia 1837-PTS LM 8 scudos

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23142
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23142 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $7,343.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 8 Scudos 1837-LM, MS62 NGC, a choice example with bold features and full mint brilliance. 8 Scudos from this era are rarely seen in mint state, and this coin commands instant eye appeal." 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.

Catalog reference: KM 99, Fr-21.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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