Colombia 1651-N R real

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20676
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20676 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,990. The catalog description[1] noted, "Felipe IV cob Real 1651-NR (Bogotá), toned VF, a choice example with well-centered details. The date is partially readable at 11 o'clock on the obverse and the N mintmark is boldly expressed between the columns. On the reverse, the denomination I is clear to the left of the coat of arms and much of the King's title including the ordinal IIII is readable. Very rare type in this superb state of preservation." The type was struck in Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) in Nueva Granada (now Colombia) 1651-53 but is now rare. As is typical of cobs, the majority lack legible dates. The Cartagena mint, during its brief period of operation, struck some in 1655; these are very rare. The production of cobs continued sporadically into the 1740's. It was superseded by milled pillar coinage.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.43 g, .931 fine silver, .101 troy oz ASW, this specimen 3.25 g.

Catalog reference: KM 9, Cayón no. 5769.


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  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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