Colombia 1849 10 reales
This specimen was lot 42434 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $2,640. The catalog description noted, "Elusive Mint State 1849 10 Reales COLOMBIA. 1849 10 Reales. Bogotá mint. MS-62 (PCGS). Lustrous and untoned with superb eye appeal for the grade. Some areas of localized weakness are seen, but the centers and all major details are bold. A tiny abraded area left of the eagle is found under magnification. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins. Ex. Freeman Craig, May 1987." This type was struck 1847-49 at the Bogotá and Popayán mints without mintmarks and is scarce but not rare in circulated condition. It is the first type struck in Colombia to the metric standard; the second being KM 111, struck 1850-51. It was replaced by a silver peso (KM 118) struck 1855-59 which is quite a bit more available. The richly symbolic obverse design has made this type among the more popular South American crowns.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine, .7234 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 107, Restrepo 196.5.
- 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.
- Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
- Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.
- 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.