Bolivia 1860-PTS FJ 4 soles
This specimen was lot 1194 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $363. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 4 Soles – 1/2 Peso. Potosí mint. Joaquin Zemborain, assayer. Dated 1860 PTS PJ. In NGC encapsulation graded UNC DETAILS. Choice well struck uncirculated coin with very light patina. Verges on BU. Some very light hairline scratches in the field and portrait of Bolivar. A very rare one year only type. Ex NASCA (16 July 1979), lot 1339; Wayte Raymond Collection." The Potosí mint produced standard weight four reales (13.54 g, .896 fine) of the colonial type until 1825. After independence, the weight was lowered to 13.5 grams (KM 96, struck 1827-29). In the 1830's and 1840's, Bolivia issued an enormous quantity of four soles debased to .667 fine, all dated 1830 (KM 96a). 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 124 thru 130, struck 1853-59). The last four soles, struck 1860, was 13.5 g, .903 fine silver.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.5 g, .903 fine silver, this specimen Ø28 mm, 10.07 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 139; Y 10.
- 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.