Colombia 1846-P UR 16 pesos
This specimen was lot 12170 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $3,840. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 1846-UR 16 Pesos. Popayán mint. MS-61 (PCGS). The elusive final date of this type for Popayán, listed as "rare" in Restrepo and RRRR by Frank Sedwick, who never acquired one for his own collection. This was described as "unpublished" when it was last offered at auction in 1990. Attractive light yellow gold with some coppery toning, highly lustrous with some reflective texture at the peripheries. Scattered light marks, but well struck and appealing for the grade. This date was missing from Norweb and most other advanced collections. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Ponterio and Associates, June 1990. Earlier, from Sotheby's (Geneva) Gold Coins of Hispanic World sale, May 1990, lot 171." This type, struck at Popayán 1837-46, replaced the earlier eight escudos (KM 82.2) and is identical in size and weight. It was also produced at Bogotá. Assayers UM, UR and UE are listed for 1846. The SCWC states that UE is the scarce assayer.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Restrepo M212.27, KM 94.2, Fr-75.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.