Bolivia 1856-PTS FJ 1/2 scudo

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30373
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This specimen was lot 30373 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $499.38. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 1/2 Escudo 1856-FJ, MS62 NGC. Sharply struck details on both sides with soft original toning. One small mark appears below the bust. Very scarce grade for this type. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." While silver coins from Bolivia exist in vast quantities, gold from Bolivia is scarce. For the colonial period, Colombia may be regarded as the most prolific issuer, followed by Mexico, followed by Peru. Bolivia, Chile and Guatemala are minor sources. This type was struck 1852-56 and is seldom seen, despite the modest catalog value.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.70 g, .875 fine gold, .048 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-36; KM-113.

Source:

  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]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.

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