Colombia 1852-B 1/2 real

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1461

This specimen was lot 1461 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $393.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA, Republica de Nueva Granada. 1830-1859. AR 1/2 Real. Bogotá mint. Dated 1852/1. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Gem UNC over matte moderately toned surfaces. Only one of this date graded and in superb gem condition. Purchased from Louis Collins, July 1973." This type is recorded for 1850-53 from Bogotá only and is supposedly common. It represents the first attempt at decimalization, wherein ten reales = one peso instead of the former eight. This date is not priced in uncirculated but this specimen realized six times the catalog value in XF, even counting the premium for the overdate.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.4 g, .900 fine silver, plain edge, this specimen Ø15 mm, 1.23 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 110.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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