Bolivia 1854-PTS MF 4 soles
This specimen is a four soles (nominally equal to four Mexican reales but lightweight and debased) minted at La Paz and dated 1854. The obverse bust is of Simon Bolivar, liberator of South America and the namesake of Bolivia. The Potosi mint produced this debased type from 1853 to 1858. Assayers MF and MJ are recorded for this date, which is common. These coins, along with contemporaneous debased strikes from the La Paz mint, flooded South America and were denounced by Bolivia's neighbors, to no avail. Only one issue in 1860 from the Potosi of the four soles would be the return to standard silver weight for this denomination.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.5 g, 0.667 fine silver, 0.289 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 123.2.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.