Colombia 1886 5 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Colombia 1886 5 centavos rev DSLR.jpg
from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 44432
photo courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC

This specimen is one of a type struck for Colombia in 1886 only. It replaced the last five centavos struck in silver (KM 174). This coin is listed very cheaply in the SCWC but, like many minors from Colombia, very difficult to find in nice condition. This date exists in several reverse varieties. The country adopted its current name, "Republica de Colombia," in 1886. Five centavos coins from the later period are all base metal. The second specimen was lot 44432 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $156. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 5 Centavos, 1886. MS-64 (PCGS). Large top bar on '5'. Well struck and fully lustrous with pervasive golden to olive toning. A gem example of the type. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins."

Recorded mintage: 1,000,000.

Specification: copper-nickel.

Catalog reference: KM-183.1; Restrepo-362.2 (second specimen), 183.2 (first specimen), 184.


  • 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.
  • [1]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.

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