Bolivia 1847-PTS R 8 soles
This specimen was lot 1196 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $9,680. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 8 Soles. Potosí mint. Rafael Mariano Bustillo, assayer. Dated 1847 PTS R. Mule. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Superb choice uncirculated with superb original deep toning, shades of red, blue, and purple along with hints of gold. By far the finest example ever graded by 4 grades. Truly a wonder coin. Purchased from Thomas Hamilton, August 1975." This type was struck in substantial quantities 1841-46 after Bolivian independence altho the mule shown here is scarce. This coin often comes poorly struck on bad planchets; this specimen is above average. Later eight soles 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, this specimen Ø38 mm, 36.79 g, 12h axis (the reported weight is probably a typo for 26.79 g).
Catalog reference: KM A103; C 61.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.