Bolivia 1859-PTS FJ sol KM-134.1
This specimen was lot 1176 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,815. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR Sol. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar and Joaquin Zemborain, assayers. Dated 1859 PTS FJ. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Superb choice UNC with multicolored hues in the patina. Extremely rare type, all As being inverted Vs. 'E/R' 'U/B'. This is the only one of this type ever graded by NGC, and seems much rarer than the catalogue would indicate. Purchased from Glendining’s." The Potosi mint produced these debased one sol coins in 1859 only. A similar type (KM 119.3) 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 Ø18 mm, 3.38 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 134.1; Y 3b.
- 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.