Colombia 1885-B 50 centavos
This specimen is one of a type struck at the Bogotá mint 1874-85. The first 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." 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 1885-B is slightly scarce. The second specimen was lot 44410 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $156. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 50 Centavos, 1885. Bogota. MS-62 (PCGS). 0,835 fineness. Top graded at PCGS. Well struck with good luster and pleasing light toning. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 12.5 g, .835 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-177.1; Restrepo-308.15.
- 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.
- 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.