Colombia 1849-B RS 16 pesos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 12173
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This specimen was lot 12173 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,140. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 1849-RS 16 Pesos. Bogotá mint. AU Detail — Bent (PCGS). A scarce issue and the end of the Colombian onza series. Medium yellow gold with good frosty luster and a light rim abrasion above DIEZ. Any bend is not easily perceptible in the encapsulation. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Regazzoli, Mexico, April 1970." This type, struck at Bogotá 1837-49, replaced the earlier eight escudos (KM 82.1) and is identical in size and weight. It was also produced at Popayán. Assayer RS is listed for 1828-49. This final date is scarce. The superseding design (Fr-78) was also struck in 1849.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Restrepo M211.25, KM 94.1, Fr-74.


  • [1]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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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