Colombia 1832-P RU 1/4 real

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Heritage sale 3032, lot 24522
Colombia 1832P cuartilla rev H3032-24522.jpg

This specimen was lot 24522 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $10,575. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 1/4 Real 1832 P-RU, Popayán mint, MS63 NGC. A Choice Uncirculated specimen of this very scarce type, with fully original surfaces and attractive grey toning. This is clearly the overdate 2/7 variety with the first two digits also overpunched (interestingly, no specimens dated 1827 are presently known, but this overdate would indicate that a die with that date was completed). While not as rare as the 1830 or 1831, this date remains very elusive, and this is the best specimen by far seen by the cataloguer. The VF ex-Dana Roberts specimen of this same variety sold for $4,250 (Heritage Auctions, 4/2011, lot 25495) so our estimate might prove very conservative. A little jewel of Colombian numismatics!" This quarter real was struck at Bogotá and Popayán 1826-36 while the country was the "Republic of Colombia," which, after many vicissitudes, is again the country name. The type is much scarcer than the SCWC indicates.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 0.70 g, .666 fine silver, .015 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 85.3, Restrepo-147.4.


  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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