Venezuela 1975 1000 bolivares

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21982
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21982 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $3,737.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 1000 Bolivares 1975, Proof 69 Ultra Cameo NGC, as close to perfection as one can find, deeply mirrored surfaces with gorgeous cameo details. Only 483 Proofs minted." This coin, featuring a rare and beautiful Venezuelan bird, is another in a series of NCLT's (non-circulating legal tender coins) that began appearing in the early seventies. The conservation series of 1975 also included a fifty bolivares featuring the armadillo (KM Y47) and a 25 bolivares featuring the jaguar (KM Y46).

Recorded mintage: 5,047 plus 483 proofs.

Specification: 33.437 g, .900 fine gold, .967 troy oz AGW, 34 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM Y48.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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