Bolivia 1864-PTS FP boliviano

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 31166
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This specimen was lot 31166 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic Boliviano 1864-FP, MS63 NGC. Deeply toned and attractive with flashes of luster in the legends. This is the first date of the Boliviano series and is quite scarce in Mint State." This type was struck in large quantities 1864-67 after Bolivia converted to decimal coinage in 1864. The boliviano was adopted as the successor to the old eight soles (or sueldos; the sources do not agree) and struck in various forms 1864-93. The series contains many rare dates and varieties but this one is common. The SCWC records an FP/inverted P variety and a BOLIVIANA/O error. The silver boliviano effectively ended in 1875; later dates (1877, 1879, 1884, 1887, 1893) exist but they are very rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, edge reeded.

Catalog reference: KM 152.1.


  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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