Bolivia 1859-PTS FJ sol KM-119.3
This specimen was lot 1177 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. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar and Joaquin Zemborain, assayers. Dated 1859 PTS FJ. inverted “V”s. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Choice BU with just a hint of patina. Extremely rare and only one ever graded. Purchased from Richard Margolis, July 1979." The Potosi mint produced these debased one sol coins in 1859 only. A similar type (KM 134.1) was also minted in that year. 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: 3.3 g, .667 fine silver, this specimen Ø20 mm, 1.82 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 119.3.
- 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.