Colombia 1852-B 16 pesos
This specimen was lot 12179 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,860. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 1852 16 Pesos. Bogotá mint. AU-55 (PCGS). When acquired from Hans Schulman in 1969, this coin was described as "the rare type with weight in grams. No records in any sales." It remains very rare today. Frank Sedwick's coin, graded AU-58 (NGC), brought $5,750 in 2011. Eliasberg's was a nice EF, and Morris Geiger's was graded VF+. In AU-55, this can be counted as a significant rarity. Warm medium yellow gold with a good deal of luster, some scattered marks and hairlines, and a vertical hairline scratch below the nose. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Hans M.F. Schulman's sale of the José da Costa Gomez Collection, March 1969, lot 416." This type, struck at Bogotá 1848-53, is rare, unlike the earlier 16 pesos (Fr-74) of 1837-49.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 25.81 g, .900 fine gold, .746 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Restrepo M213.5, KM 100, Fr-78.
- 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.