Colombia 1917(b) 50 centavos
This specimen was part of lot 44454 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), which sold for $576. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. Lot of (11) 50 Centavos, 1902-1922. Various Mints. EF-40, EF-45 (3), AU-53 (2), AU-58, VF Detail--Environmental Damage, EF Detail--Environmental Damage, AU Detail--Graffiti, & EF Detail--Cleaned (PCGS). ...1917 EF-45, Bogota Mint, untoned, ...From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This type, with the portrait of hero Simon Bolivar, superseded the liberty head type last struck in 1908. The date is rather scarce. 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. For 1917, "normal 7", "footed 7" and "curved 7" varieties are noted.
Recorded mintage: 99,000 (all varieties).
Specification: 12.5 g, .900 fine silver, .361 troy oz ASW, edge lettered DIOS LEI LIBERTAD.
Catalog reference: KM-193.1, Restrepo-414.6.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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