Colombia 1916(b) 50 centavos
This fifty centavos was struck in Bogotá for Colombia, of a type issued 1912-23 and 1931-33. This type, with the portrait of hero Simon Bolivar, superseded the liberty head type last struck in 1908. The date is common. The Philadelphia and Medellin mints also issued this type using substantially different dies. The minting of silver fifty centavos ceased in 1935 and when resumed in 1947, the new type was only .500 fine. 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.
Recorded mintage: 1,060,000.
Specification: 12.5 g, .900 fine silver, .361 troy oz ASW, edge lettered DIOS LEI LIBERTAD.
Catalog reference: KM 193.1.
- 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.