Bolivia 1858-PTS FJ 1/2 sol

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 32509
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This specimen was lot 32509 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $168. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 1/2 Sol 1858 PTS-FJ MS65 NGC, Potosi mint. A fully original gem, currently the only example graded MS65 or higher by NGC." The Potosi mint produced these debased one half sol coins 1856-58. Other minors for 1858 included KM 132 (La Paz mint), KM 131 (1 sol), KM 121.2 (2 soles) and KM 123.2 (4 soles), all debased. 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: 1.65 g, .667 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 118.2; Y 2a.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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