Colombia 1853-B real
This specimen was lot 44197 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $384. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. Real, 1853. Bogota Mint. MS-64 (PCGS). Lustrous and attractively toned, a coin with good eye appeal. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." Colombia took a roundabout route to decimalization. The first one reales of the independent Nueva Granada (1827-36, KM 87) were 3.1 g, .666 fine. Thus, when this coin appeared, the populace were resigned to underweight coins and were probably unimpressed when they were told that ten reales made a peso instead of the former eight. A modified design was issued 1851-53 (shown here) and then the coin was redesignated a décimo, struck 1853-58 (KM 115). Later décimos and ten centavos of 1868-86 were 2.5 g, .835 fine silver.
Recorded mintage: unknown but a better date.
Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, .072 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-112; Restrepo-185.3.
- 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.