Bolivia 1870-PTS ER 20 centavos

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1260
from the Mountain Groan Collection
Bolivia 1870 20 centavos rev DC.jpg

The first specimen was lot 1260 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $423.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 20 Centavos. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar, assayer. Dated 1870 PTS FE. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Choice brilliant uncirculated. Highest graded specimen. Scarce two year type in extremely choice condition. Absolutely the finest known for the first date of this elusive two year variety. Ex Whittier Collection (Heritage 410, 2 June 2006), lot 16276." This type was struck 1870-71 as part of Bolivia's second decimal coinage. Later issues of 1871 deleted the "5 GS" to mark a reduction in weight to 4.6 g. This issue is fairly scarce, later twenty centavos of the 1880's are very common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 5 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen Ø23 mm, 4.94 g, 7h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 154.1; Y 35.


  • 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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