Bolivia 1855-PAZ F 1 sol

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from the Acanthite collection
from the Acanthite collection

This specimen is a one sol(nominally equal to two Mexican reales but lightweight and debased) minted at the La Paz mint in 1855. The similar issues from the Potosi mint are much more common. The obverse bust is of Simon Bolivar, liberator of South America and the namesake of Bolivia.

The La Paz mint produced debased one sol coins from 1855 to 1859. These coins, along with contemporary issues from the Potosi 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 cease to operate.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.0 g, 0.667 fine silver, 0.0643 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 120.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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