Colombia 1908 50 centavos
This specimen was part of lot 44462 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), which sold for $336. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. Lot of (9) 50 Centavos, 1907-14. Various Mints. ...(3) 1908-Bogota, EF-45 and AU-50, all showing some luster and untoned, ...From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This silver fifty centavos was struck 1906-08 for Colombia after the civil war of 1899-1903. (The chaos of that civil war enabled the United States to engineer Panamanian independence.) It is scarcer than the catalog indicates. When the fifty centavos resumed in 1912, Simon Bolivar's bust replaced the head of Libertad.
Recorded mintage: 871,000.
Specification: 12.5 g, .900 fine silver, .361 troy oz ASW, edge lettered DIOS LEI LIBERTAD.
Catalog reference: KM-186.2, Restrepo-413.5.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- 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.
- 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