Colombia 1816-P F 8 reales

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This specimen was lot 1135 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $9,775. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. Fernando VII, 1808-1819. 8 Reales, 1816 P F. Popayán. Mailed bust of Carlos III r., titles Fernando VII. Rv. Crowned Arms and Pillars. A rare late date of Spanish rule in what soon became Colombia. Lightly cleaned at some time. About Uncirculated." This coin represents the only attempt to strike portrait eight reales in Colombia during colonial times. It was issued from the Popayán mint 1810-14, 1816 and 1820. The 1814/3 is the most available of all the dates and turns up occasionally in auctions in VF or lower but this date is very rare. 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: WR-6; KM 71, Cayón 15099.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.

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