Bolivia 1798-PTS PP 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 20087 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description noted, "Carlos IIII gold 8 Escudos 1798-PP, AU58 NGC, an attractive piece with full mint brilliance and well-struck design features. The obverse fields display some faint handling while the reverse is choice. Very close to mint state and an excellent type example for this series." While silver coins from Bolivia exist in vast quantities, gold from Bolivia is scarce. For the colonial period, Colombia may be regarded as the most prolific issuer, followed by Mexico, followed by Peru. Bolivia, Chile and Guatemala are minor sources. This type was minted 1791-1808 and is rare, tho somewhat more available than the four escudos.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .765 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-14530, KM 81.
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