Cartagena 1813 2 reales
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 two reales issued in Cartagena by the Republicans as seige coinage. This specimen was lot 70403 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. Cartagena. 2 Reales, 1813. NGC AU-50 BN. Siege coinage. Exceptional for this crudely made issue struck from hand cut dies. Much better than normal detail and nice chocolate brown surfaces."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018