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Bolivia 1/2, 1, 2, 4, and 8 Soles  1848 to 1863
Bolivia 1/2, 1, 2, 4, and 8 Soles 1848 to 1863

Bolivia issued these nice silver coins with the palm tree and llama pattern between 1853 and 1863. Denominations are 1/2, 1, 2, 4 and 8 soles, which are distinguishable by size and weight.

1/2 SOL (1853 to 1859): 16 mm diameter, 0.032 troy ounces silver
1/2 SOL (1859): 16 mm diameter, 0.028 troy ounces silver
1/2 SOL (1859 to 1863): 16 mm diameter, 0.038 troy ounces silver

1 SOL (1853 to to 1859): 19 mm diameter, 0.064 ounces silver
1 SOL (1859): 19 mm diameter, 0.054 ounces silver
1 SOL (1860 to 1863): 19 mm diameter, 0.073 ounces silver

2 SOLES (1853 to 1859): 26 mm diameter, 0.133 ounces
2 SOLES (1860 to 1863): 26 mm diameter, 0.131 ounces

4 SOLES (1853 to 1859): 31 mm diameter, 0.290 ounces
4 SOLES (1860): 31 mm diameter, 0.392 ounces

8 SOLES (1848 to 1859): 37 mm diameter, 0.784 ounces
8 SOLES (1859 to 1863): 37 mm diameter, 0.581 ounces

Values of these coins are not too shabby, especially in higher grades. Our listings on this page apply to coins with Bolivar on the front and a palm tree on the back. There are other similar coins, but they have a different kind of tree, without the wavy branches shown in our picture.

Some coins have a period after the word CONSTITUTION and this does not affect value strongly. There are coins with the word CONSTITUTION misspelled, and these are worth more. See below. Values apply to all dates unless noted.

1/2 SOL
worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $120

1 SOL
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $45
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $250
1 sol coins dated 1861, 1862, and 1863 are more common and worth about one-half of these values

2 SOLES
worn: $8 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $55
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $300
2 soles dated 1853 with PAZ J mint marks (not PTS FP mint marks) catalog over $3000 in average circulated condition
2 soles dated 1854, 1855, or 1856 with PAZ F mint marks (not PTS MJ mint marks) catalog over $300 in average circulated condition
2 soles dated 1860, 1861, 1862, and 1863 are more common and worth about one-half these values

4 SOLES
worn: $12 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $35
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $220
4 soles dated 1853 with no wreath on Bolivar's head catalog for $400 in average circulated condition
4 soles dated 1855 with misspelled CONSTITUCIN catalog over $300 in average circulated condition
4 soles dated 1857 with misspelled CONSTITUCIO catalog over $400 in average circulated condition
4 soles dated 1857, 1858, or 1859 with PAZ P mint marks (not PTS FJ mint marks) catalog over $300 in average circulated condition
4 soles dated 1860 catalog over $400 in average circulated condition

8 SOLES
worn: $30 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $80
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $300
8 soles dated 1859 that do not have a legend PESO Po 400 Gs are valuable, cataloging over $1500 in average circulated condition
8 soles dated after 1859 are more common, divide these values by two
8 soles dated 1860 with legend Po 400 Gs are valuable, cataloging over $1000 in average circulated condition

As evidenced by all of the special conditions cited above, there are many minor variations in these coins that can affect value in a big way. If you have a nice looking specimen, take it to a knowledgeable collector or a coin dealer for an in-person appraisal.

Coin: 14328 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Joel, Fri, 26-Apr-2013 00:55:50 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 26-Apr-2013 13:42:49 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Fri, 12-Jun-2015 15:05:57 GMT
Requester description: 1855 Libre por la constitucion (NO period after inscription)
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