Colombia 1838-B RS 8 reales

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 42409
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This specimen was lot 42409 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $6,000. The catalog description[1] noted, "The Unique 1838 Bogotá 8 Reales A Cornerstone Colombian Rarity COLOMBIA. 1838-RS 8 Reales. Bogotá mint. AU-50 (PCGS). The only example known or rumored to exist. Lustrous light silver gray with attractive surfaces and positive eye appeal. Details are sharp, in part due to the multiple strikes whose evidence is best seen around the peripheral legends. The first two date digits are a bit soft, but the last two are very bold. Both sides show scattered hairlines, but no notable marks or defects. Any comment on the quality of this coin is irrelevant considering its remarkable rarity: it is the only extant specimen. No collection of Colombian coins, world crowns, or Latin American 8 Reales can be complete without it, and the relative scarcity of the only other date of this type magnifies its importance. A landmark and a prize. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." The 1837 eight reales is scarce but not rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: .666 silver (= "LEI OCHO DINEROS"), 22.93 grams.

Catalog reference: KM 92, Restrepo 193.2.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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