Colombia 1872-M 20 pesos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 12294
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This specimen was lot 12294 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $3,120. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 1872 20 Pesos. Medellín mint. AU-50 (PCGS). Listed as RRRR by Sedwick but unlisted in Restrepo, this date has been missing from most major collections, though examples were present in Norweb and the May 1990 Sotheby's Geneva sale. This example is struck from the same dies as both and is finer than both, with bright yellow toning and butter smooth surfaces. The obverse is chatter double struck, most evident on the profile and legends at right. Some minor hairlines are seen, and a thin scratch from O of ESTADOS to the profile, but no other flaws. Very well struck and attractive, an important piece. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Swiss Bank Corp's Auction 13, January 1984, lot 1866, via Kurt Spanier." 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 M337var, KM 142.2, Fr-101.


  • [1]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.

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