Colombia 1843-B RS 16 pesos

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Eliasberg lot 1600
Colombia 1843Bo 16 pesos rev Eliasberg 1600.jpg

This specimen was lot 1600 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1,035. The catalog description[1] noted, "1843 RS 16 pesos. Bogotá mint. MS-62 (NGC). Types as above. Lustrous yellow gold with attractive orange gold overtones. Tiny reverse rim nicks at 1:00 and 7:00, typical scattered handling marks, a bit granular in areas. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type, struck at Bogotá 1837-49, replaced the earlier 8 escudos (KM 82.1) and is identical in size and weight. It was also produced at Popayán.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 26.96 grams, 36.20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 94.1, Fr-74.


  • [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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