Colombia 1819-JF 8 reales
The years 1811-1819 were the first years of liberation during the struggle for independence from Spain. The first republican coinage was issued during this period of 'La Patria Boba', except for the interval 1817-1818, when Royalists took brief control. The Republic of Colombia had not yet been created, thus the region was considered a union of provinces. Shown is a 1819 silver eight reales, issued for 'Nueva Granada'. It was lot 16617 and sold on June 2, 2006 for $17,250 at the 2006 (World Coins) June Long Beach Signature Auction #410. The catalog description reads: "Nueva Granada 8 Reales 1819-JF, MS62 NGC, a magnificent example with fully defined details on the Indian and pomegranate and multi-hued patina blending with virtually full mint bloom. The rarity of this type in mint state cannot be overstated, and this coin is certainly among the finest to have survived. The planchet is also remarkable as it exhibits none of the flaws which normally plague this type. Ex-Christensen and Thomas Faistauer Collections."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 23.0 g, 0.6660 silver, 0.4924 oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 78.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.