Colombia 1825-P FM 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 1562
Colombia 1825P 8 escudos rev Eliasberg 1562.jpg

This specimen was lot 1562 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $2,990. The catalog description[1] noted, "1825 FM 8 escudos. Popayán mint. MS-63 (NGC). Types as above. Rich yellow gold, highly lustrous. Scattered surface marks, mostly of little consequence. An especially nice specimen of the type. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type was struck at Popayán 1822-36 and at Bogotá 1822-38. It was superseded by the quasi-decimal 16 pesos issued at both mints 1837-49. Both types are common enough that some attempt to collect complete date sets but nice specimens like the one shown here are, as always, seldom seen.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz; this specimen: 27.12 grams, 37.20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 82.2, Fr-68, Calico Onza-1723.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.

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