Colombia 1889-M 5 decimos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 42063
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This specimen was lot 42063 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $1,200. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 1889-M 5 Decimos. Medellín mint. AU-55 (PCGS). The rarer date of this two year type, here in impressively high grade. When Burnett wrote Half Dollars of Colombia in 1971, just one specimen of this issue was known. It remains very elusive today and commands strong prices when offered at auction. Silver gray with good remaining luster and nice eye appeal. Some handling and hairlines are seen. The strike is only soft in a few small areas, and the portrait is very bold. Some trivial planchet roughness is noted atop G in the lower left reverse and a spot is noted above LI of MEDELLIN. A nice example. Ex. UBS's Sale 51, February 2001." This type was struck 1888-89. Another five décimos, KM 168, was struck in the normal .835 silver.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 12.5 g, 0.500 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 166, Restrepo 403.2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [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.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.

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