Colombia 1820-P MF 2 reales

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Sedwick sale 11, lot 1069
This specimen is one of a type struck at Popayán 1810-20, 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 specimen shown was lot 1069 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $1,265. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Bogotá, Colombia, bust 2 reales, Ferdinand VII (bust of Charles IV), 1820/10MF. 6.7 grams. Lustrous AU/UNC with irregular rims (as made), impressively flashy. Pedigreed to the Ponterio auction of September 2002 (lot 1196). 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. Assayers MF (shown here) and FM are known from Popayán for 1820, along with an overdate, 1820/10.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .896 silver, .195 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-70.2; Restrepo-114.12; CT-981.


  • 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.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.

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