Colombia 1784-NR JJ 1/2 real

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Sedwick sale 11, lot 1032
This specimen is one of a series struck intermittently 1772-84 at the Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) mint during the reign of Charles III. The type is scarce, tho not as rare as the preceding pillar types from Colombia. Restrepo[1] recorded only one known pillar half real from Colombia, a 1760NR. The Colombian mints (Popayán and Nuevo Reino, now Bogotá) were prolific issuers of gold but little silver prior to about 1810. The specimen shown was lot 1032 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $5,865. The catalog description[2] noted,
"Bogotá, Colombia, bust 1/2 real, Charles III, 1784JJ, very rare. Attractively toned AXF (outstanding condition for this rarity), well struck and problem-free. For reference, a crude VG sold in our Auction #9 for $2,000 + buyer's fee (lot 1443), proving that the values in Restrepo are way too low (although he does point out that only 3 specimens are known). Pedigreed to the Vico auction of April 2009 (lot 1542). Jorge Ortiz Murias collection of Colombian colonial minors."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .903 silver, .049 troy oz ASW. This specimen 1.7 grams.

Catalog reference: KM-45.1; Restrepo-32.13; CT-1830.

Source:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • [2]Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.

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