Colombia 1774-P JS 1/2 real

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Colombia 1774P medio real rev DSLR.jpg
Sedwick sale 11, lot 1074
This specimen is one of a series struck intermittently 1772-74 at the Popayán mint during the reign of Charles III. The type is scarce, tho not as rare as the preceding pillar types from Colombia. Restrepo[1] recorded only one known pillar half real from Colombia, a 1760NR. The Colombian mints (Popayán and Nuevo Reino, now Bogotá) were prolific issuers of gold but little silver prior to about 1810. The second specimen shown was lot 1074 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $1,196. The catalog description[2] noted,
"Bogotá, Colombia, bust 1/2 real, Charles III, 1774JS, ex-Ray Johnson, scarce. 1.7 grams. Nice XF, well struck and well centered, with deep rainbow toning all over, good pedigree. Pedigreed to the Ray Johnson collection. Jorge Ortiz Murias collection of Colombian colonial minors."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .903 silver, .049 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-45.2; Restrepo-34.2; CT-1783.


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  • [1]Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • [2]Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.

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