Bolivia 1979 200 pesos bolivianos
This specimen was lot 32512 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $552. The catalog description noted, "Republic Proof Piefort 'Year of the Child' 200 Pesos 1979 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC. Boldly struck devices with an equally bold cameo effect. Satin devices stand against surfaces whose mirrored effect is strong enough to literally see one's face in them." This NCLT, accompanied by a gold 4000 pesos (KM 199), is seldom seen. It was part of a short-lived currency reform. In 1965 the boliviano, which had not been struck since 1951, was dropped in favor of the peso boliviano, which lasted until 1979. In 1987 the boliviano was resumed, with 1 boliviano = 1,000,000 pesos bolivianos. Much of South America went through the same hyperinflationary stress as Bolivia, exacerbated by incompetent military rule.
Recorded mintage: 15,000 proofs + 90 pieforts.
Specification: 23.33 g, .925 fine silver, .689 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 198 (regular issue), KM-P9 (piefort).
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.