Cartagena (1811) 2 reales

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photo courtesy Heritage Auctions
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions

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.

Shown is a copper undated two reales issued in Cartagena by the Republicans as seige coinage. The issue year was 1811. It was part of lot 12972 and sold on June 3, 2005 for $517.50 at the 2005 (HWCA) Long Beach Signature Auction #378. The catalog description reads: "Copper Siege Types,...KM-D1 2 Reales ND (1811), crude VF+. All of the coins in this lot are well above average and are very attractive for this turbulent period in Colombian history."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: KM D1.


  • 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.

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