Bolivia 1830-PTS JL 1/2 sol

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This specimen is a medio sol (nominally equal to half a Mexican real but lightweight) minted at Potosi in 1830. The obverse bust is of Simon Bolivar, liberator of South America and the namesake of Bolivia.

The Potosi mint produced standard weight half reales (1.69 g, .896 fine) of the colonial type until 1825. After independence, the weight was lowered to 1.5 grams (KM 93, struck 1827-29). In the 1830's and 1840's, Bolivia issued an enormous quantity of medio soles debased to 0.667 fine, all dated 1830 (KM 93.2a), of which this coin is an example. These coins flooded South America and were denounced by Bolivia's neighbors, to no avail. Later types struck at Potosi and La Paz are also to this standard (KM 118 thru 133, struck 1853-59).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.5 g, 0.667 fine silver, 0.0322 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 93.2a.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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