Bolivia 1856-PTS FJ sol

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1173

This specimen was lot 1173 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $968. The catalog description[1] noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR Sol. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar and Joaquin Zemborain, assayers. Dated 1856/5 PTS FJ. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Brilliant uncirculated full strike. Just a hint of patina. Very scarce date, especially in such beautiful condition. Highest graded specimen. Purchased from Louis Collins, November 1980." The Potosi mint produced these debased one sol coins 1855-58. These coins, along with contemporary issues from La Paz 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 close.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.3 g, .667 fine silver, this specimen Ø20 mm, 3.56 g, 7h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 119.2; Y 3a.


  • 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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