Colombia 1881-B 50 centavos
This specimen is one of a type struck 1874-85 at the Bogotá mint. The Medellin mint began issuing five décimos in 1868 along with the Bogotá mint, the denomination being completely unknown in Colombia until then. The Bogotá mint, however, switched to fifty centavos pieces (of the same size and weight) in 1872. Production increased after the issue of silver pesos ceased in 1871. Popayán also issued a few 1868-78 but concentrated on gold coins. To the delight and despair of collectors, the half dollars of Colombia come in a profusion of dates, styles, varieties and errors and form a collecting specialty all their own. The 1881-B, however, is common in all grades through uncirculated. The country adopted its current name, "Republica de Colombia," in 1886.
Recorded mintage: 1,086,000 (common in all grades).
Specification: 12.5 g, .835 fine silver, .335 troy oz ASW, edge lettered DIOS LEI LIBERTAD.
Catalog reference: KM 177.1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Almanzar, Alcedo, and Dale Seppa, Coins of Colombia, San Antonio, TX: 1973.
- Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.