Bolivia 1883-A 5 centavos

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 31167
Bolivia 1883 5 centavos rev H3029-31167.jpg

This specimen was lot 31167 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $111.63. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 5 Centavos 1883-A, MS64 NGC. The first type without the central hole. Scarce in this designation." The Potosi mint had been issuing silver five centavos since 1871. As an experiment, the government contracted with the Paris mint to produce these copper-nickel five centavos to circulate similar to the United States nickel. Unfortunately, these were confused with the silver ten centavos, so the mint called them in and punched a hole in them (KM 169.2). Few escaped the punching operating so KM 169.1 (shown here) is now scarce. The silver five centavos resumed and continued until 1900. Base metal one, two and ten centavos were also minted in 1883, all failures.

Recorded mintage: 2,200,000.

Specification: copper-nickel.

Catalog reference: KM 169.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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