Bolivia 1853-PTS FP 2 soles
This specimen was lot 1180 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $665.50. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 2 Soles. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar, assayer. Dated 1853 PTS FP. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Brilliant surfaces grace this well struck specimen. Very lustrous with just a hint of patina and a hint of roughness in the planchet on the obverse. Rare one year type. Highest ever graded. Ex Kagin’s Numsimatic Auctions (16 August 1983), lot 1409 (part of)." The Potosi mint produced these debased two soles coins 1853 only. These coins, along with contemporary issues from La Paz mint, flooded South America and were denounced by Bolivia's neighbors, to no avail. Though the Potosi mint would eventually reform the coinage and produce standard silver weights, La Paz mint would close.
Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat scarce.
Specification: 6.2 g, .667 fine silver, this specimen Ø26 mm, 6.65 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 121.1; Y 4.
- 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.