Cartagena (1815) 1/2 real
The years 1811-1819 were the first years of liberation during the struggle for independence from Spain. The first republican coinage was issued during this period of 'La Patria Boba', except for the interval 1817-1818, when Royalists took brief control. In the case of the city of Cartagena, an early Republican victory turned into a seige by Royalist forces, and fell again after four months. This specimen was lot 42491 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $3,120. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. Siege of Cartagena. (1815) 1/2 Real. Copper. AU-53 (PCGS). Struck over a Cartagena provisional 1/2 Real, Restrepo 131. Rich medium brown with superb surface quality and very bold detail on both sides. The monogram competes with the undertype for supremacy on the obverse, and the cross and the inscription commingle on the reverse. These dies were meant to imitate a 1/2 Real type that was over a century old by this point, and most show evidence of far more circulation than this one. Elusive in any grade. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Restrepo 108.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.