Colombia 1868-M 5 decimos
This specimen was lot 42004 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $26,400. The catalog description noted, "Restrepo Plate 1868 Medellín 5 Decimos Rarity. COLOMBIA. 1868-M 5 Decimos. Medellín mint. EF-45 (PCGS). One of just two known specimens according to Restrepo, this example was chosen to illustrate this incredibly rare issue. This is the debut 5 Decimos of Medellín, the first of two years of this Restrepo number. The surfaces retain a bit of silvery luster over even gray surfaces. The strike is strong on both sides and only a few trivial hairline scratches are seen. A classic rarity in this popular series. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." There are five known specimens according to the SCWC. This type was also struck in 1869 and at Bogotá and Popayan.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 12.5 g, 0.835 fine silver, 0.335 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 153.2, Restrepo 294.1.
- 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.