Colombia 1860-P 2 pesos

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Stack's Bowers ANA sale, lot 40366
Colombia SB818-40366r.jpg

This specimen was lot 40366 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $3,120. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 1860 2 Pesos. Popayán mint. AU-53 (PCGS). The rarity of this brief design type, with only two specimens known to Restrepo. Nice light yellow gold with good luster and a bit of reflective flash left at the peripheries. A harmless piece of encrustation clings to the letters FE of CONFEDERACION, and a short mark is noted on the high point of the portrait beneath ER of LIBERTAD. While eye appeal is probably beside the point on an issue of this scarcity, this piece is as attractive as it is elusive. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This type is listed in KM and Friedberg as a two pesos for 1859-60 and is scarce. It superseded a two pesos struck at Popayán 1857-58, which is much more common. The last gold two pesos was struck in 1872.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.22 g, .900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-92; KM-127; Restrepo 231.2.

Source:

  • [1]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.
  • 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.

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