Bolivia 1853-PTS FP 8 scudos
This specimen was lot 23147 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description noted, "Republic gold 8 Scudos 1853/2-FP, AU55 PCGS, a choice piece with nearly full mint brilliance and exceptionally sharp design features. Two light marks on the obverse, not distracting. Very scarce in this pleasing quality." 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 1852-57 and is not rare but usually found impaired. No premium is awarded to the overdate.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 116, Fr-34.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.