Bolivia 1850-PTS FM 8 soles
This specimen was lot 1197 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $5,142.50. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 8 Soles. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar and Manuel Berrios, assayers. Dated 1850 PTS FM. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Superb strike graces this fantastic example of this short four year type. Only type showing Bolivar’s portrait without a laurel wreath. Highest graded by two grades. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, June 1974." This type was struck in substantial quantities 1848-51 after Bolivian independence. It is slightly less common than the earlier laureate head designs (KM 97 and KM 103) but it is not rare. 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 Ø37 mm, 27.46 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 109; C 62.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.