Bolivia, steel hub for 10 centavos 1884-1900, rare.

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Bolivia, steel hub for 10 centavos 1884-1900, rare.
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Bolivia, steel hub for 10 centavos 1884-1900, rare. KM-158.3. 355 grams. Unlike with hand-struck issues, modern coin-making does not consist of punching elements directly into a die but instead involves transferring a plaster sculpture to what is known as a hub, like we see here, which looks just like a coin stuck to a die. The hub is then struck onto an actual die that is used to strike the coins. The present piece was a hub for the whole series and therefore does not contain the assayers' letters, which were added later to the master die. Most hubs and dies are destroyed after they are no longer used, so this piece is rare by definition. All details are strong and even, with traces of rust on the fields, as expected.

NOTE: The printed catalog shows this as 1872-1883 (KM-158.1 or 158.2) in error.