Colombia 1881-W 2-1/2 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Colombia 1881 2-5 centavos rev DSLR.jpg

This specimen is one of a type struck 1881 only for Colombia at the Waterbury mint in Connecticut. It is perhaps the commonest coin of nineteenth century Colombia and worn examples such as the one shown infest dealer junk boxes across the land. The year 1881 also saw the release of a silver quarter décimo from Bogotá and a copper-nickel 2½ centavos from the Heaton mint, both considerably scarcer than this type. The country adopted its current name, "Republica de Colombia," in 1886.

Recorded mintage: 4,500,000.

Specification: copper-nickel.

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.

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