Colombia 1859-B 20 pesos
This specimen was lot 12265 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $9,000. The catalog description noted, "Charismatic 1859 20 Pesos Rarity. One of Eight Known. COLOMBIA. 1859 20 Pesos. Bogotá mint. AU-55 (PCGS). Among the most charismatic rarities in the Colombian catalog, the 1859 20 Pesos is a classic trophy coin: big, rare, a one-year type, and attractively designed. It's the first 20 Pesos issue and the only one struck in the name of the Granadine Confederation. According to Restrepo, only eight are known. This one is the finest ever certified by PCGS, displaying rich luster over deep yellow surfaces. The strike is strong and the surface quality is excellent, with only a little lamination near the bust truncation. This coin is fresh to the market after nearly 50 years and will be a highlight in its next cabinet. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Stack's sale of December 1968, lot 221." The twenty pesos resumed in 1862 for the Estados Unidos de Colombia and was struck at Bogotá, Medellin and Popayan until 1878. The weight standard matches that of a French hundred francs d'or.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 32.25 g, .900 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Restrepo M236.1, KM 141.4, Fr-104.
- 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.