Colombia 1863-P 20 pesos

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Eliasberg lot 1626
The specimen shown was lot 1626 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $3,220. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1863 20 pesos. Popayán mint. Types as above. Lustrous yellow gold with rich orange highlights. Typical crude appearance, scattered nicks and light hairlines. A highly elusive type, particularly so in high grade. Heavy die polish lines and other crude characteristics on this issue are the result of the mint having reused 1848-dated dies, simply grinding down the earlier legends and recutting new design elements atop them. Careful study reveals the earlier date amongst the obverse stars below 1863, and other clear artifacts amongst the legends on both sides. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."
This type was later struck at Popayán 1868-78, at Bogotá 1862-77 and at Medellin 1867-72.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 32.25 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW, this specimen: 32.24 grams, 32.30 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 142.3, Fr-100.


  • [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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.

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