Bolivia 1854-PTS MJ 8 scudos
This specimen was lot 30379 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,115. The catalog description noted, "Republic gold 8 Escudos 1854 PTS-MJ, AU Details (Surface Hairlines) NGC. Exceptionally pleasing for the designation with a bolder strike than most. A great deal of the original luster remains in the fields. While the visual impact is truly minimal, a light wipe to the right of Bolivar's bust accounts for the 'surface hairlines' designation." This type was struck 1852-57 and is not rare but usually found impaired.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 116, Fr-34.
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- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.