Bolivia 1808-PTS PJ 8 escudos

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Goldberg sale 72, lot 4744
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 4744 in Goldberg sale 72 (Los Angeles, February 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Bolivia. 8 Escudos, 1808-PJ (Potosi). Charles IIII. Official uniformed bust to right. Reverse: Crowned Hapsburg arms within chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Details softly struck, otherwise much original mint luster. NGC graded AU-58." 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 scarce.

Recorded mintage: 35,000.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-14; KM-81.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • [1]Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 72: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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