Bolivia 1858-PTS FJ 4 soles
This specimen was lot 1191 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,210. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 4 Soles. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar and Joaquin Zemborain, assayers. Dated 1858 PTS FJ. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Superb virtually gem UNC with incredible strike. Moderately toned over lustrous surfaces. Finest example of type this cataloger has ever seen and highest ever graded. Purchased from Paul Puckett, June 1975." The Potosí mint produced standard weight four reales (13.54 g, .896 fine) of the colonial type until 1825. After independence, the weight was lowered to 13.5 grams (KM 96, struck 1827-29). In the 1830's and 1840's, Bolivia issued an enormous quantity of four soles debased to .667 fine, all dated 1830 (KM 96a). These coins flooded South America and were denounced by Bolivia's neighbors, to no avail. Later types struck at Potosi and La Paz are also to this standard (KM 124 thru 130, struck 1853-59). The last four soles, struck 1860, was 13.5 g, .903 fine silver (KM 135.2).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.5 g, .667 fine silver, this specimen Ø32 mm, 13.60 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 123.2; Y 5a.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.