Colombia 1874-B 20 pesos

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Heritage sale 30305, lot 30376
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30376 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 20 Pesos 1874-B AU58 NGC, Bogotá mint. A most attractive specimen of this rare issue, very lustrous with scattered handling marks keeping it from the Mint State designation. With a reported mintage of only 1,656 pieces, available examples are elusive in any grade, with the present coin ranking among the finest: only two examples have been graded higher. A similar coin with heavier handling marks and graded AU53 by NGC hammered at $3,000 in Sedwick's auction # 9 (lot 375)." This type was struck at Bogotá (1862-77), Medellin (1867-72) and Popayán (1863-78). All are scarce and many dates are rare.

Recorded mintage: 1,656.

Specification: 32.26 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-99; KM 142.1, Restrepo-336.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.

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