Bolivia 1866-PTS FP boliviano

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Sincona sale 20, lot 2300

This specimen was lot 2300 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.

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