Colombia 1851-B 2 pesos
This specimen was lot 40358 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $3,360. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 1851 2 Pesos. Bogotá mint. AU-58 (PCGS). An extremely rare issue with just two known to Restrepo and none in important offerings like Sedwick and Eliasberg. Rich and lustrous deep yellow gold with excellent visual appeal. Aside from a tiny natural flaw near the tip of the bust, there are no problems except the expected light handling for the grade. A very important opportunity for specialists. This coin has been off the market for nearly 40 years. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins. Ex. Spink's sale of September 1980, lot 478." This type is listed in KM and Friedberg as a two pesos for 1849 and 1851 and is scarce. It superseded a two pesos struck at Popayan 1838-46, which is much more common. The last gold two pesos was struck in 1872.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.22 g, .900 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-81; KM-99; Restrepo 203.3; Sedwick-11.
- 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.
- 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.