Bolivia 1865-FP melgarejo
This one year type was issued in 1865 in honor of the dictator Mariano Melgarejo (1820-71, president of Bolivia 1864-71), along with a half melgarejo and quarter melgarejo. Melgarejo obtained his office by murdering his predecessor, Manuel Belzu, and was himself overthrown in a coup and later assassinated, which event occasioned little grief among Bolivians. Nominally equal to an eight soles of 1859-63, the melgarejo's lower fineness made it worth about six soles.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 20 g, .666 fine silver, .428 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 146.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.