Colombia 1918(m) 50 centavos
The first specimen was part of lot 44448 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), which sold for $168. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. Lot of (10) 50 Centavos, 1892-1921. Various Mints. ...10 pieces in lot. ...Remainder from Medellin mint, KM-193.2: ...1918/4 Restrepo-415.3g, gray toned with scratches on the reverse shield and fields, ...From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This type, with the portrait of hero Simon Bolivar, superseded the liberty head type last struck in 1908. The date is somewhat scarce. To the delight and despair of collectors, the half dollars of Colombia come in a profusion of dates, styles, varieties and errors and form a collecting specialty all their own.
Recorded mintage: unknown but includes a 1918/4 overdate.
Specification: 12.5 g, .900 fine silver, .361 troy oz ASW, edge lettered DIOS LEI LIBERTAD.
Catalog reference: KM-193.2, Restrepo-415.3.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Almanzar, Alcedo, and Dale Seppa, Coins of Colombia, San Antonio, TX: 1973.
- 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