Bolivia 1847-PTS R 1/2 scudo
This specimen was lot 50033 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,193. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA. 1/2 Escudo, 1847-PTSR. NGC MS-63. Lustrous." 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 struck 1841-47 and is seldom seen, despite the low catalog value.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.70 g, .875 fine gold, .048 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-30; KM-104.
- 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.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.