Bolivia 1859-PTS FJ 4 soles
This specimen is a four soles (nominally equal to four Mexican reales but lightweight and debased) minted at Potosi in 1859. The obverse bust is of Simon Bolivar, liberator of South America and the namesake of Bolivia.
The Potosi mint produced standard weight four reales (13.54 g, .896 fine) of the colonial type until 1825. After independence, the weight was lowered to 13.5 grams (KM 96, struck 1827-29). In the 1830's and 1840's, Bolivia issued an enormous quantity of four soles debased to .667 fine, all dated 1830 (KM 96a). 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 124 thru 130, struck 1853-59). The last four soles, struck 1860, was 13.5 g, .903 fine silver (KM 135.2).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.5 g, .667 fine silver, .289 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 123.3.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.