Bolivia 1799-PTS PP escudo

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Jean Elsen sale 116, lot 1412
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 1412 in Jean Elsen sale 116 (Brussels, March 2013), where it sold for €550 ($835 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"BOLIVIE, Charles IV (1788-1808), AV 1 escudo, 1799 PP, Potosi. Droit: B. cuirassé à droite. Revers: Ecu couronné, entouré du collier de la Toison d'or. Ref.: Très Beau/Superbe (Bolivia, Charles IV (1788-1808), gold one escudo of 1799, Potosi mint. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms, order of the Golden Fleece around. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type is very scarce as is most colonial gold from Bolivia. Some of the later dates have recorded mintages under a thousand.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .875 fine gold, .095 troy oz AGW; this specimen 3.35 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-14078, C.C.T., 512; Fr-17, KM 78.


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  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 116, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2013.

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