Colombia 1879/4-M 5 decimos
This specimen was lot 42039 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $504. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 1879/4-M 5 Decimos. Medellín mint. MS-62 (PCGS). Ball Pointed 9. Frosty, brilliant, and lustrous, a very high grade piece for this series. Some apparent rim issues are caused by inexactly applied edge lettering. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This type was struck 1877-85. This date appears to be all 1879/4. The variety with the ball pointed 9 is slightly better than pointed tail 9.
Recorded mintage: 379,000.
Specification: 12.5 g, 0.835 fine silver, 0.335 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 161.1, Restrepo 298.5.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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.