Bolivia 1855-PTS FP 1/2 scudo

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 3762
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen was lot 3762 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $529. The catalog description [2] noted, "Bolivia. ½ Escudo, 1855-FP (Potosi). Sun above mountain. Reverse: Laureate head right. ICG graded AU-58." This type was struck 1852-56; for some reason, five assayers (FP, MF, MJ, M and MJ/FJ) are recorded for this date.

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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.70 g, .875 fine gold, .048 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-36; KM-113.


  • 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, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.

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