Bolivia 1871-PTS ER 5 centavos KM-156.2

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1240

This specimen was lot 1240 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $145.20. The catalog description[1] noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 5 Centavos. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar, assayer. Dated 1871 PTS ER. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Superb gem faintly toned UNC. Highest ever graded specimen. Purchased from Ralph Goldstone, September 1970." This type was struck 1871-72 as part of Bolivia's second decimal coinage. Early issues of 1871 read "CINCO CS", instead of "CINCO CENT" shown here. The change was probably to mark a reduction in weight to 1.15 g.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.15 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen Ø15 mm, 1.19 g, 3h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 156.2.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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