Bolivia 1799-PTS PP 4 reales

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Stack's Bowers 2020 ANA sale, lot 21050

This specimen was lot 21050 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Las Vegas, August 2020), where it sold for $1,800. The catalog description[1] noted, "BOLIVIA. 4 Reales, 1799-PTS PP. Potosi Mint. Charles IV. NGC MS-63. Rather stunning quality for the type, this example is easily the finest seen by NGC, and the only such Mint State specimen. Gunmetal gray color yields to some subtle iridescence in spots, while a good deal of shimmering brilliance remains as well." This is an example of a type struck 1791-1808 at Potosi, Bolivia (then called Upper Peru). It was replaced in 1816 by the bust of Ferdinand VII. Harris[2] notes that Potosi four reales of Charles IV are the commonest mint, ahead of Mexico City. Recent hoard finds have only increased this number. Assayer PP is recorded for 1795-1802.

Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common for the type.

Specification: 13.53 g, 0.896 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Cayón-13761, KM-72.


  • [2]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2020 ANA Auction: World Coins, featuring the Duke of Lansing Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.

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