Bolivia 1840-PTS LR 8 soles
This specimen was lot 30297 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $123.38. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA. 8 Soles, 1840-PTSLR. NGC AU-58." This type was struck in substantial quantities 1827-40 after Bolivian independence. It is common, tho a scarce "4 over inverted 4" variety exists for the year. 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.
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- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.