Colombia 1863-B 20 pesos

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Eliasberg lot 1625
Colombia 1863Bo 20 pesos rev Eliasberg 1625.jpg

This specimen was lot 1625 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $5,060. The catalog description[1] noted, "1863 20 pesos. Bogotá mint. MS-62 (NGC). Types as above. Bright and lustrous yellow gold with some reflectivity in the fields and only minor handling marks. A choice example for the type, far finer than usually seen on this easily damaged and very scarce type. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type was struck at Bogotá 1862-77, Medellin 1867-72 and Popayán 1863-78. Despite the steady issue, the type is rare and expensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 32.26 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW, this specimen: 32.13 grams, 34.40 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 142.3, Fr-99.


  • [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.
  • 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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