Colombia 1819-NR FJ 2 reales
This specimen is one of a type struck at Nuevo Reino (now Bogotá) 1816-19, during the reign of Ferdinand VII using the bust of the previous king, Charles IV.In fact, Ferdinand's portrait does not appear on any product of the Colombian mints (Popayán and Nuevo Reino). The catalog values the Nuevo Reino dos reales higher than the Popayán dos reales tho it seems to appear more often. The second specimen shown was lot 999 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $1,610. The catalog description noted,
"Bogotá, Colombia, bust 2 reales, Ferdinand VII (bust of Charles IV), 1819FJ, finest known. 6.5 grams. Highly lustrous Mint State (rare grade for these) with fully struck details (also rare), partially weak rims due to slightly off-center strike, no damage at all. This specimen is considered the finest-known Bogotá bust-type 2R of any period. Jorge Ortiz Murias collection of Colombian colonial minors."The royalists were finally expelled from Colombia in 1819 and republican issues, interrupted in 1816, resume the same year.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .896 silver, .195 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-70.1; Restrepo-113.9; CT-1012.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.