Colombia 1877-B 20 pesos
This specimen was lot 12303 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $17,400. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 1877 20 Pesos. Bogotá mint. MS-62 (PCGS). One of the great rarities in this series, missing from the Norweb and Sedwick collections, as well as the May 1990 Sotheby's Geneva sale. The Eliasberg Collection included a specimen graded AU-53 (NGC), but this appears to be the finest example ever offered, if not the finest extant. Unbroken cartwheel luster over choice light yellow gold surfaces give this piece the look of a much higher grade. Some trivial granularity is noted on the cheek, but the surfaces are fresh and free of significant marks. A fitting end to this remarkable run of Bogotá 20 Pesos, the last issue in the series and its most notable rarity. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Louis Collins/Heritage, December 1987." 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. Restrepo reports two known of this date.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 32.26 g, .900 fine gold, .933 troy oz AGW, 34.5 mm diameter, edge lettered DIOS LEI LIBERTAD.
Catalog reference: Restrepo M336.13, Fr-99; KM 142.1.
- 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.