Colombia 1846-P UM 16 pesos

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from Heritage sale 3049, lot 30644
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This specimen was lot 30644 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 16 Pesos 1846 POPAYAN-UM AU53 ANACS, Popayan mint. Visually stunning and perhaps choice for the assigned grade, this broad issue features well-styled elements that express very limited wear and golden surfaces that are sheathed in a satin finish. Lustrous, with only a few scattered ticks, and very appealing as such." This type, struck at Popayán 1837-49, replaced the earlier 8 escudos (KM 82.1) and is identical in size and weight. It was also produced at Bogotá. The type is common enough that some attempt to collect date sets. Three assayers are recorded for this date: UM, UE and UR.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 94.2, Fr-74.


  • 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.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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