Bolivia 1883-A 10 centavos KM-170.1
This specimen was lot 1254 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $205.70. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. CU-NI 10 Centavos. Paris mint; différents: cornucopia and fasces. Jean Lagrange, engraver general. Régie des Monnaies, directors. Dated 1883 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Superb gem. Moderate toning, a few tiny dark spots in the field. None graded higher." The Potosi mint had been issuing silver ten centavos since 1870. As an experiment, the government contracted with the Paris mint to produce these copper-nickel ten centavos to circulate similar to the United States nickel. Unfortunately, these were confused with the silver twenty centavos, so the mint called them in and punched a hole in them (KM 170.2). Few escaped the punching operation so this type is now scarce. The silver ten centavos resumed and continued until 1900. Base metal one, two and five centavos were also minted in 1883, all failures.
Recorded mintage: 800,000 plus proofs.
Specification: copper-nickel, this specimen Ø20 mm, 4.12 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 170.1.
- 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.