Bolivia 1855-PTS MJ/FJ 1/2 scudo

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1207

This specimen was lot 1207 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,573. The catalog description[1] noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AV 1/2 Escudo. Potosí mint. Manuel Berrios and Joaquin Zemborain, assayers. Dated 1855 PTS MJ. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Superb UNC with beautiful deep orange peel patina. The only coin of this date ever graded. Purchased from Davis H. Carr, December 1971." This type was struck 1852-57 and five assayers are listed for 1855. SCWC lists this assayer as "NJ" but "MJ/FJ" is probably more correct.

Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common.

Specification: 1.7 g, .875 fine gold, this specimen Ø14 mm, 1.70 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 36; Friedberg 36; Y 12.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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