Colombia 1801-NR JJ real

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Colombia 1801NR real rev DC.jpg
Sedwick sale 11, lot 1014
from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 12038
Colombia SB118-12038r.jpg

This specimen is one of a type struck at Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) during the reign of Charles IV. Bogotá minted this type 1792-1804 only. All the dates are rare and generally found in low grade. The second specimen shown was lot 1014 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $1,380.

The catalog description[1] noted,
"Bogotá, Colombia, bust 1 real, Charles IV, 1801/797JJ, rare. 3.4 grams. Low-contrast XF with original luster, no problems, clear overdate with what appears to be 8/8/7 for the second digit (note that Restrepo is confusing on this issue because he lists both 1801/797 and 1801/897 but shows something different in the photos, and also note he says there is only 1 known, contrary to our experience and not reflected in his values). Pedigreed to the Ponterio auction of March 1998 (lot 1753). Jorge Ortiz Murias collection of Colombian colonial minors."
The third specimen was lot 12038 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $456. The catalog description[2] noted,
"COLOMBIA. 1801/797-JJ Real. Santa Fe de Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) mint. Carlos IV (1788-1808). EF-45 (PCGS). 801/797 overdate. No - between 1R. A fascinating issue, showing one of the messiest overdates in the series. The third date digit is very clearly over a 9, and the underdigit on the final numeral can be identified as a 7 without too much imagination, but whatever lurks under the 8 (presumably a 7) is hidden within corrective reengraving that has surrounded the top half of the 8 with a blob. The surfaces on this specimen show pleasing dark original toning along with hints of luster in protected areas. The portrait shows significant die rust, as struck, suggesting that this 1797-dated obverse spent three or more years rather exposed before being put back into use in 1801. Well struck, centered ideally on the reverse but aligned to the right on the obverse, this is a stellar example of the issue, at least equal and likely a bit better in quality than the Murias coin that brought $1,380. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .896 silver, .097 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-58; Restrepo-78.32; CT-unlisted.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • [2]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.

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