Bolivia 1866-PTS FP boliviano
This specimen was lot 2300 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Boliviano 1866. Potosi Assayer FP. Sehr schön-gutes sehr schön. (very fine to good very fine.)" This type was struck in large quantities 1864-68 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 altho the 1866-FE is rare. 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, this specimen 24.81 g.
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.
- Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.