Cartagena 1812 1/2 real

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Heritage sale 378, part of lot 12972
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions
from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 42480
Colombia SB818-42480r.jpg

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 1812 half real issued in Cartagena by the Republicans as seige coinage. 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...Cartagena 1/2 Real 1812, crude VF.... All of the coins in this lot are well above average and are very attractive for this turbulent period in Colombian history." The second specimen was lot 42480 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $384. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. Cartagena. 1812 1/2 Real. Copper. AU-53 (PCGS). Choice chocolate brown with ideal centering and a bold strike for the issue. As fine an example of the issue as can be found when considering color, grade, strike, and absence of defects. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: KM D2, Restrepo 131.2.


  • 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.
  • [1]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.

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