Bolivia 1862-PTS FJ 1/2 sol

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1170

This specimen is a medio sol (nominally equal to half a Mexican real but lightweight) minted at Potosi 1859-63. The obverse bust is of Simon Bolivar, liberator of South America and the namesake of Bolivia. This specimen was lot 1170 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $453.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 1/2 Sol. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar, assayer. Dated 1862 PTS FP. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Beautiful uncirculated specimen with a few darker toning spots on the obverse. Highest ever graded specimen. Extremely scarce this choice. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, March 1975." An overdate, 1862/1, is reported.

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 1859-63, was 1.3 g, .903 fine silver (KM 133.2).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.3 g, .903 fine silver, .037 troy oz ASW, this specimen Ø16 mm, 1.33 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 133.2; Y 7a.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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