Bolivia 1883-A 10 centavos KM-170.2

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1255

This specimen was lot 1255 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $302.50. The catalog description[1] 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. With center hole. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 67. Superb faintly toned gem UNC. Highest graded ever specimen of this one year only type. Officially holed at the mint. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, March 1974." 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, shown here). Few escaped the punching operation so KM 170.1 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: unknown.

Specification: copper-nickel, this specimen Ø20 mm, 3.87 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 170.2.


  • 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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