Bolivia 1858-Paz P sol
This specimen was lot 1175 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,694. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR Sol. La Paz mint. Dated 1858/7 PAZ P. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 67. Gem toned uncirculated coin with extremely crisp strike. A three year only type and extremely scarce. Only three of these have ever been graded and this is by far the finest known of the type. Another superb specimen worthy of great note. Purchased from Louis Collins, October 1976." The La Paz mint produced these debased one sol coins 1857-59. These coins, along with contemporary issues from the Potosi 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, 3.02 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 131; Y 18b.
- 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.