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One of my favourite recent additions to my collection, it has been in the bucket list for a while but only recently had a chance to pick one up. 
 

A very beautiful 8 Scudo from Bolivia. I absolutely love the designs on the Central and South American coinage of the (now not so) recently independent states.

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Republic of Bolivia, Gold 8 Scudos (27.02g, 36mm), 1837 LM, Potosí mint. Obverse: Cerro Rico Mountain to the south of Potosi, radiant sun above, Llama standing to the right and sheaf of grain at base, crescent of six stars below, mintmark “PTS” monogram, denomination, date and assayer mark surrounds below, legend surrounds above, “REPUBLICA BOLIVIANA”. Reverse: Bare-headed bust of Simón Bolívar facing to the right, wearing military uniform, his name “BOLIVAR” below, legend surrounds, “LIBRE POR LA CONSTITUCION·”. KM-99; Friedberg-21; Onza-1583. An imposing and rare early Bolivian Republic gold piece featuring a bold rendition of Simón Bolívar, the face of the Latin America fight for independence from the Spanish Empire; two minor cuts in the rim, possibly to recut the milling or test the metal, otherwise details good Very Fine to near Extremely Fine.
 

Please share any of your Central or South American republic coins.

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Beautiful coin.  I don't have anything gold from that region.

How about a 1739 Guatemala 8 reales cob?  

I'm not the one who turned it into a key fob!  (The hole was probably placed much earlier)

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I also have a Quito countermarked (script "MDQ" = Moneda de Quito) 1821 Colombia 8 reales.

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All I've ever collected from anywhere near here are early Haitian (too long ago to have any pics), but the early republics of the Americas are all fascinating.  @Egry, your example is a Stunner.  I'm loving the confluence of Bolivar and the legend on the obverse.

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On 5/31/2022 at 11:27 AM, The Eidolon said:

Beautiful coin.  I don't have anything gold from that region.

How about a 1739 Guatemala 8 reales cob?  

I'm not the one who turned it into a key fob!  (The hole was probably placed much earlier)

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I also have a Quito countermarked (script "MDQ" = Moneda de Quito) 1821 Colombia 8 reales.

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I like them!

I have a repurposed 8 real counter stamped from Central American republic that looks similar to yours. Mine is not a cob, from what I’ve seen most of these counter-stamped coins are holed.

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