Colombia 1858-P 2 pesos
This specimen was lot 641 in Ponterio sale 164 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $488.75. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 2 Pesos, 1858/46-P. RARE. Slab tag incorrectly lists the date as 1858/48. ANACS EF-45." This type was struck at the Popayán mint 1857-58 while the country was known as "Nueva Granada." Earlier dos pesos were struck at Popayán 1838-46 (KM 95) and 1849-51 (KM 99). The dos pesos most commonly seen are issues from Medellin (KM A154, 1871-76).
Nueva Granada was the name of the region under Spanish rule; after independence it was called the Republic of Colombia 1821-38, Nueva Granada 1837-58, the "Confederacion Granadina" 1859-62, and the "Estados Unidos de Colombia" 1863-86. The current name, the "Republica de Colombia," was adopted in 1886. In the process, the current republics of Ecuador (independent 1830), Venezuela (1830) and Panama (1903) split away.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.22 g, .900 fine gold, .093 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-83; KM-121.
- Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
- 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.
- Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 3rd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1996.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 164: The January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.