Bolivia 1883-PTS FE 20 centavos
This specimen was lot 1263 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $217.80. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 20 Centavos. Potosí mint. Fortunato Equivar, assayer. Date 1883 PTS FE. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 67. Gem peripheral toning. Finest of two graded. Purchased from Frank Lapa, January 1974." This type was struck 1872-85 as part of Bolivia's second decimal coinage. This issue is very common. Even so, this specimen sold for nearly five times the catalog value.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 4.6 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen Ø22 mm, 4.64 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 159.1.
- 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.