Bolivia 1853-Paz J 4 soles
This specimen was lot 1188 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $2,420. The catalog description noted, "BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 4 Soles. La Paz mint. Dated 1853 PAZ J. In NGC encapsulation graded XF 45. Very well struck mottled toning with only a minimal amount of wear. Only two of these have ever been graded and is an extremely rare one year only type. Ex Ponterio 37 (18 August 1989), lot 733." The La Paz mint produced these debased four soles coins 1853 only. These coins, along with contemporary issues from Potosi mint, flooded South America and were denounced by Bolivia's neighbors, to no avail. Though the Potosi mint would eventually reform the coinage and produce standard silver weights, La Paz mint would close.
Recorded mintage: unknown but quite scarce.
Specification: 13.5 g, .667 fine silver, this specimen Ø32 mm, 13.44 g, 7h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 124.1; Y 16.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.