Bolivia 1864-PTS FP 1/5 boliviano

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1229
CNG Lissner sale, lot 1230

The first specimen was lot 1229 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 1/5 Boliviano. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar, assayer. Dated 1864 PTS FP. Widely spaced stars. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Gem moderately toned uncirculated. Highest ever graded specimen of this one year only type. Ex Whittier Collection (Heritage 410, 2 June 2006), lot 16273." The second specimen was lot 1230 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $96.80. The catalog description[1] noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 1/5 Boliviano. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar, assayer. Dated 1864 PTS FP. In NGC encapsulation graded AU 50. Moderately toned over lightly worn surfaces. Very scarce mint error and the only one ever graded. A great prize for the specialist. Purchased from Henry Christensen, June 1982." This type was struck 1864-65 as part of Bolivia's first decimal coinage. It was superseded by a silver twenty centavos of 1871-1900. Large stars (shown here) and small stars (KM 151.2) varieties exist.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 5 g, .900 fine silver, the first specimen Ø24 mm, 5.01 g, 12h axis, the second specimen 25mm, 5.06 g, 12h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 151.1; Y 28.

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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