Bolivia 1874-PTS FE boliviano
This specimen was lot 1646 in Stephen Album sale 27 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA: Republic, AR boliviano, 1874. Assayer FE, obverse wheel mark, light reverse flecks, nice underlying luster, EF to About Unc." This type was struck in large quantities 1872-77 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. The silver boliviano effectively ended in 1875; later dates (1877, 1879, 1884, 1887, 1893) exist but they are very rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, edge reeded.
Catalog reference: KM-160.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 27, featuring the Dr. Paul Stevens Collection of Indian Coins, Part VI, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2016.