Bolivia 1879-PTS FE 1/2 boliviano
This specimen was lot 1267 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $363. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 50 Centavos – Half Boliviano. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar, assayer. Dated 1879/7 PTS FE. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Choice toned UNC. Only two ever graded and this is the finest by several grades. A two year only type. Purchased from Louis Collins, February 1977." This half boliviano was issued 1879 and 1882 as part of Bolivia's second decimal coinage. The denomination was not struck until 1873 and not in any quantity until 1891. This contrasts with the silver five (begun 1871), ten (begun 1870) and twenty centavos (begun 1870). This is the only subtype which doesn't state "50 centavos."
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: 12.5 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen Ø30 mm, 12.52 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 161.3.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.