Colombia 1870-B 1/2 decimo
This specimen was lot 44284 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $660. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 1/2 Decimo, 1870. Bogota Mint. MS-63 (PCGS). Lustrous with attractive russet toning, a gem example of the type. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This type was struck at Bogotá 1868-71 with similar issues coming from Popayan and Medellin. For 1870, this is the most available of the three. This liberty head design superseded the prior type (KM 144) which depicted two cornucopias and a pomegranate.
Recorded mintage: 140,000.
Specification: 1.25 g, .666 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-150.1; Restrepo-256.3.
- 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.