Colombia 1826-P RU 1/4 real
This specimen was lot 16618 in the Whittier sale (Heritage auction 410, Long Beach, June 2006) where it sold for $5,750. The catalog description noted, "Republica de Colombia 1/4 Real 1826-RU Popayán, MS63 NGC, a sharply struck example with tan and gold toning over underlying mint luster. Very rare and desirable grade for this early series." Colonial quarter reales of the "Lions and castles" type are known from the Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) and Popayán mints for 1796-1819 (KM 63, KM 67). Cundinamarca quarter reales of debased silver are known for 1814-15 (KM F2) and 1820-22 (KM 79). Republican quarter reales (KM 85, this type) are known for 1826-36. None are common, particularly in nice condition; the specimen shown sold for six times the estimate.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 0.70 g, .666 fine silver, .015 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 85.3, Restr-147/1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.
- Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.