Colombia 1870-B 20 pesos
This specimen was lot 12283 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $6,000. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 1870 20 Pesos. Bogotá mint. MS-61 (PCGS). Rich yellow gold with exceptionally choice surfaces for this grade, or for a grade higher. An absolutely beautiful specimen, well struck and smooth, with just a couple trivial digs under the chin. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Heiner Stücker, Zürich, August 1970." This type was struck at Bogotá 1862-77, Medellin 1867-72 and Popayán 1863-78. Despite the steady issue, the type is rare and expensive.
Recorded mintage: 17,000.
Specification: 32.26 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Restrepo M336.6, KM 142.1, Fr-99.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
- 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.
- 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.