Bolivia 1859-PTS FJ 1/2 sol KM-118.3
This specimen was lot 1168 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,028.50. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 1/2 Sol. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar and Joaquin Zemborain, assayers. Dated 1859 PTS FJ. Error type 'Bolivra'. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Gem faintly toned UNC. Full strike. A one year only type. Only 2 ever graded, the other being XF 40. Ex Ron Gillio – Asia Pacific Auctions (June 1989), lot 1386." The Potosi mint produced these debased one half sol coins 1853-59 in numerous varieties. These coins, along with contemporary issues from 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: 1.65 g, .667 fine silver, this specimen Ø16 mm, 2.61 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 118.3; Y 2b.
- 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.