Bolivia 1851-PTS FM 8 soles
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. 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. Assayer "FR" is also recorded for 1851; it is listed as scarce. Bolivia converted to decimal coinage in 1864.
Recorded mintage: unknown but common.
Specification: 27 g, .903 fine silver, edge reeded.
Catalog reference: KM 109.
- Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.