Colombia (1755) 1/4 real

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 11138
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This specimen was lot 11138 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,380. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Extremely rare (1755) Cuartillo of Santa Fe. The Last Cob of Colombia. COLOMBIA. (1755) 1/4 Real or Cuartillo. Santa Fe de Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) mint. Carlos II (1665-1700). EF-40 (PCGS). An exciting issue, essentially unknown and undocumented until thorough research by Herman Blanton was published in the January/February 2009 issue of the Numismatics International Bulletin. By process of elimination, Blanton deduced that the lion and castle punches seen here were never used on any cob 8 Reales of Latin America, and that the trefoil leaves around the perimeter match those found on the edges of milled 8 Reales. Documents reveal that 40,536 cob Cuartillos were struck in Bogotá in 1755 while the mint was being outfitted to produce milled coinage. This is one of them. The surfaces are choice and glossy, toned medium gray. The castle side is ideally centered, the lion aligned trivially rightward. Blanton documented just two examples, both of which use the same punches as this coin. Another was offered in Sedwick's Auction 16. Despite being worn and softly struck, it brought $2,585. This may be the finest extant. As Sedwick noted, the weights for these Cuartillos is quite heavy, essentially the weight of a 1/2 Real. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: .84 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 1.60 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón-unlisted, Restrepo M91.1, KM A29.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
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  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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