Bolivia 1859-PTS FJ 2 soles KM-135.1
This specimen was lot 1184 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $907.50. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 2 Soles. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar and Joaquin Zemborain, assayers. Dated 1859 PTS FJ. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Moderately toned choice UNC. Slightly soft strike on obverse." The Potosí mint produced these debased two sol coins 1853-59 in numerous varieties. These coins, along with contemporary issues from Potosí 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: 6.2 g, .667 fine silver, this specimen Ø24 mm, 5.06 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 135.1; Y 9.
- 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.