Caracas 1830 1/4 real
This specimen was lot 1891 in Stephen Album sale 27 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2017), where it sold for $176.25. The catalog description noted, "VENEZUELA: AR ¼ real, Caracas, 1830. Lovely even strike, scarce in this quality, VF to EF, S." Though Simon Bolivar declared Venezuela independent in 1810, royalist troops retook Caracas and issued coinage until 1821, when they were finally fully defeated by Bolivar's forces. Venezuela issued coinage after this for a short time as a part of Gran Colombia. This type is listed for 1829-30.
Recorded mintage: 650,000.
Specification: .500 fine silver, 12 mm diameter, this specimen 0.52 g.
Catalog reference: KM-34.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 27, featuring the Dr. Paul Stevens Collection of Indian Coins, Part VI, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2016.