Bolivia 50 Centavos 1900-1908


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1900-1908
Composition: 90% Silver
Diameter: 30 mm
Weight: 11.5 grams  
Total Mintage: Unknown


The obverse design is emblazoned with the coat of arms of Bolivia. The coat of arms has a central crest that consists of an oval shield depicting a landscape with a stylized illustration of Mount Potosi with a sun rising above and, in the foreground, a South American alpaca, a breadfruit tree, and a wheat sheaf, with a house in the middle distance . The mountain and it's contrast with the plains is indicative of the geography of Bolivia. The llama is the national animal, and the items next to it are symbolic of the resources of the nation.

Around and behind the oval shield there are two crossed cannon barrels, six Bolivian flags, a Phrygian cap of liberty, and an Inca battle-axe; perched on the oval shield is an Andean condor. .

On the outer periphery are the words “REPUBLICA BOLIVIANA” as well as 9 stars that symbolize the 9 states (often referred to as departments) of Bolivia.

The reverse design features an open wreath design with the denomination “50 CENTAVOS” as well as the words “MEDIO BOLIVIANO” (half boliviano) & “9 DsFINO” (.900 fine).   On the outer periphery are the words “LA UNION ES LA FUERZA” (//the union is strength //) and the year of issue.  

Obverse Reverse
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General Market Notes

There are no rarities in the series. Even high grade examples should be easily accessible and somewhat affordable.

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