Colombia 1812-P JF 8 reales

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 12088
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This specimen was lot 12088 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $19,200. The catalog description[1] noted,
"COLOMBIA. 1812-JF 8 Reales. Popayán mint. Ferdinand VII (1808-1833). AU-50 (PCGS). Bust of Carlos IV. A stellar example of this rare issue. Perfectly struck on a broad, round planchet and finely toned a deep antique gray, this coin displays uncommon eye appeal for a portrait 8 Reales issue, let alone one this rare. Choice and unflawed, even under scrutiny. This is far finer than the 1985 Norweb specimen and also finer than the example CNG sold for $10,120 in September 1987. This is a very impressive Popayán 8 Reales. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins."
This coin represents the only attempt to strike portrait reales in Colombia during colonial times. It was issued from the Popayán mint 1810-14, 1816 and 1820. While other mints such as Mexico City and Santiago were using the standard bust of Ferdinand VII, Popayán persisted in continuing the bust of the abdicated Charles IV.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Restrepo 120.3; KM 71.

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.
  • [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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.

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