Bolivia 1837-PTS LM 8 soles
This specimen was lot 1637 in Stephen Album sale 27 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2017), where it sold for $94. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA: Republic, AR 8 soles, 1837. Assayer LM, reverse hairlines, light tone, EF to About Unc." This type was struck in substantial quantities 1827-40 after Bolivian independence. It is common. This coin often comes poorly struck on bad planchets; this specimen is above average. Later eight soles (or sueldos; the sources do not agree) were struck to the same weight standard until 1859, when the weight was lowered to 20 grams. Bolivia converted to decimal coinage in 1864.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27 g, .903 fine silver, edge reeded.
Catalog reference: KM-97.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 27, featuring the Dr. Paul Stevens Collection of Indian Coins, Part VI, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2016.