Colombia 1857-B 5 pesos

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Eliasberg sale, lot 1616
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 1616 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1,725. The catalog description[1] noted, "1857 5 pesos. Bogotá mint. AU-55 (NGC). Head of Liberty to left, NUEVA before portrait, GRANADA behind, date below/denomination in wreath, legends around. Pale yellow gold, with most lustre still present. Small planchet flaw right of 5 on reverse. A good example of this short lived and very scarce type. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type was struck at Bogotá in 1857 and in Popayán in 1858.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 8.06 g, .900 fine gold, .233 troy oz AGW; the first specimen: 8.04 grams, 21.20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 120.1, Fr-82.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.

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