Colombia 1880-P 2 reales
This specimen is one of a type struck at the Popayán mint 1880 only. The SCWC notes that the entire production run was made using repunched dies from two reales of 1849-53 (KM 109). In addition, the former obverse legend, "REPUBLICA DE LA NUEVA GRANADA" has been completely repunched to read, "ESTADOS UNIDOS DE COLOMBIA." To the author's knowledge, this is the most extensive repunching known on any coin. Like many minor coins of Colombia, despite its low value in the SCWC, it is not common, especially in nice condition. This specimen was part of lot 31967 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), which sold for $493.50. The catalog description noted, "Republic Lot of 25 Minors, Denominations, dates, and grades vary. Close inspection is a must."
Recorded mintage: 3,000.
Specification: 5 g, 0.835 fine silver, 0.134 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 162.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.