Bolivia 1860-PTS FJ 1/2 sol
This specimen is a medio sol (nominally equal to half a Mexican real but lightweight) minted at Potosi in 1860. The obverse bust is of Simon Bolivar, liberator of South America and the namesake of Bolivia.
The Potosi mint produced standard weight half reales (1.69 g, .896 fine) of the colonial type until 1825. After independence, the weight was lowered to 1.5 grams (KM 93, struck 1827-29). In the 1830's and 1840's, Bolivia issued an enormous quantity of medio soles debased to .667 fine, all dated 1830 (KM 93.2a). These coins flooded South America and were denounced by Bolivia's neighbors, to no avail. Later types struck at Potosi and La Paz are also to this standard (KM 118 thru 133, struck 1853-59). The last half sol shown here, struck 1860-63, was 1.3 g, .903 fine silver (KM 133.2).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.3 g, .903 fine silver, .037 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 133.2.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.