Colombia 1875-P 20 pesos

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Elisberg lot 1647
Colombia 1875P 20 pesos rev Eliasberg 1647.jpg
This specimen was lot 1647 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $5,520. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1875 20 pesos. Popayán mint. MS-65 (NGC). Types as above. Intense yellow gold lustre with rich orange highlights. Typical crude style, struck from the same dies as the Norweb coin. A superb example with full cartwheel lustre, an ideal high grade type coin. The Norweb coin was in similar grade, called 'choice mint state and highly lustrous,' and brought $3,520. From Stack's sale of the Col. James W. Flanagan Collection, March 1944, Lot 512."

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: 5,240.

Specification: 32.26 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 32.02 grams, 32.90 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 142.3, Fr-99.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • 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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