Colombia 1868-B 5 decimos
This specimen was lot 1385 in Sedwick sale 12 (Winter Park, FL, October 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Bogotá, Colombia, 5 decimos, 1868, encapsulated NGC AU 50, finest known graded by NGC, rare first date of issue. Lightly toned, with underlying luster, slightly weakly struck in centers as usual (which is why this AU 50 is the finest known).... The "half dollars" of independent Colombia--a very popular series with collectors--effectively began with this date, for no prior coins of this size were struck after colonial times unless you include the unique and controversial 4 reales of 1819." This type was issued 1868-71 under the new decimal system of 100 centavos = 1 peso. The denomination is written as '5 DECIMOS'. The later, more common type of 1872-85 used spelled the denomination as "CINCUENTA CENTAVOS."
Recorded mintage: 9,161.
Specification: 12.5 g, 0.835 fine silver, 0.335 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Restrepo-293.1; KM-153.1.
- Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #12, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2012.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
- Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.