Colombia 1861-B 1/2 decimo
The first specimen was part of lot 44224 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), which sold for $132. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. Lot of (4) 1/2 Decimos, 1860-1865. Bogota Mint. VF-20, VF-25, VF-30, EF-40 (PCGS). 4 pieces in lot. 1860 and 1861, full details, the 1860 with gray toning and 1861 untoned. 1864 and 1865, KM-144, Restrepo type 254, both dark gray toned, moderately struck. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." The second specimen was part of lot 44233 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), which sold for $60. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. Lot of (2) 1/2 Decimos & (1) 5 Centavos, 1861-1878. Bogota Mint. VF-35, G-06 & Good Detail--Tooled (PCGS). 3 pieces in lot. 1861 1/2 Decimo, even wear and light toning, 1871 1/2 Decimo, KM-150.1, Restrepo-256.4, date clear with scratches on reverse, and 1878 5 Centavos, KM-174a.1, Restrepo-263.4, most details clear with dark toning. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This half décimo, an early effort at a decimal coinage, was accompanied by a silver one décimo of similar design (KM 125). It was issued 1859-62. Labeled "Confederacion Granadina," it superseded a similar coin stamped "Nueva Granada".
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.25 g, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-124, Restrepo-223.3.
- 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.
- 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.