Bolivia 1878 centavo

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1236

This specimen was lot 1236 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $847. The catalog description[1] noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. CU Centavo. Dated 1878. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64 BN. Chocolate toning over mint state surfaces. Type with value on reverse. Extremely rare one year type and very elusive. Highest graded specimen by far. Purchased from Henry Christensen, November 1982." This scarce type is the first of the denomination produced during Bolivia's second decimal coinage of 1871-1951. Another type exists for the year with "LA UNION ES LA FUERZA" as the obverse legend. The next centavo was issue in 1883.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper, this specimen Ø20 mm, 3.16 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 162.


  • 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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