Colombia 1876-B 2-1/2 centavos
This specimen was lot 44365 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $80. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 2 1/2 Centavos, 1876. Bogota Mint. AU-55 (PCGS). Evenly struck with full details, largely untoned. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This is from a type struck 1872-81 with reduced silver fineness from the Bogotá mint for Colombia. The Bogotá mint also struck quarter décimos 1863-73 but switched to 2½ centavos for 1872-81. The Popayán mint stuck to quarter décimos until 1881, when the denomination was switched to base metal.
Recorded mintage: 71,000, a slightly better date.
Specification: 0.90 g, 0.6660 fine silver, 0.0192 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-169; Restrepo-249.5.
- 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.