Colombia 1869-M peso
This specimen was minted in Medellin, Colombia, in 1869. This type was minted at Bogotá and Medellin 1868-71 and is the last silver peso minted in Colombia in the nineteenth century. After this issue, the mints concentrated on half dollars. The first specimen was lot 9048 in Ponterio sale 151 (Baltimore, November 2009), where it sold for $3,737.50. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. Peso, 1869. Medellin Mint. Exceptional grade for this type. Toned NGC MS-63." The second specimen was lot 1083 in Sedwick sale 10 (Winter Park, FL, October 2011), where it sold for $1,955. The catalog description noted, "Medellin, Colombia, 1 peso, 1869. Highly lustrous BU/AU- with weakly struck center on reverse, minor rim-flaws on obverse, very flashy and impressive."
Recorded mintage: 3,598.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW, reeded edge, 37 mm diameter. The second specimen is 24.9 grams.
Catalog reference: Restr-318.1; KM 154.2.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 151: The 2009 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.
- Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
- 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.
- Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #10, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2011.