Bolivia 1855-PTS MJ 4 soles

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from Steve Album sale 27, lot 1641
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This specimen was lot 1641 in Stephen Album sale 27 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "BOLIVIA: Republic, AR 4 soles, 1855. Details weak on palm tree, some hairlines, Unc." This specimen is a four soles (nominally equal to four Mexican reales but debased) minted at La Paz and dated 1855. The obverse bust is of Simon Bolivar, liberator of South America and the namesake of Bolivia. The Potosi mint produced debased four soles from 1853 to 1858. These coins, along with contemporaneous debased strikes from La Paz mint, flooded South America and were denounced by Bolivia's neighbors, to no avail. The final issue of four soles, in 1860, returned to the colonial standard of .903 fine. Bolivia converted to decimal coinage in 1864.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.5 g, .667 fine silver.

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.
  • [1]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 27, featuring the Dr. Paul Stevens Collection of Indian Coins, Part VI, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2016.

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