Colombia 1850-B 1/2 real
This specimen was part of lot 44180 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), which sold for $100. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. Lot of (5) 1/2 Reales and 1/2 Decimos, 1850-59. Bogota Mint. F-12, VF-35, VF-30, VF-35, & VF Detail--Damage (PCGS). 5 pieces in lot. 1850 1/2 Real PCGS F-12, weak centers and lightly toned, 1854, 1855, and 1856 1/2 Decimo, KM-114, Restrepo type 181 (the 1854 is nicely toned), and 1859 1/2 Decimo (Damage, VF Detail), KM-124, Restrepo-223.1, with attempted piercing at 12 o'clock. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This type is recorded for 1850-53 from Bogotá only and is supposedly common. It represents the first attempt at decimalization, wherein ten reales = one peso instead of the former eight. In 1853, the coin was renamed the medio décimo and reduced in weight to 1.25 g.
Recorded mintage: unknown but a scarce date.
Specification: 1.4 g, .900 fine silver, plain edge.
Catalog reference: KM-110, Restrepo-179.1.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.
- 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.