Colombia 1968-NI 500 pesos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 44509
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This 200 pesos is an NCLT ("non-circulating legal tender") commemorative of the visit of Pope Paul VI to Colombia on the occasion of the International Eucharistic Congress. This specimen was lot 44509 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $660. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 500 Pesos, 1968-NI. PCGS PROOF-68 DEEP CAMEO Secure Holder. International Eucharistic Congress in Bogota. Hard mirrored fields and frosted cameo devices. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This type was accompanied by gold 100 pesos (KM 231), 300 pesos (KM 233), 200 pesos (KM 239) and 1500 pesos (KM 235). For the masses, a copper-nickel five pesos (KM 230) was emitted.

Recorded mintage: 14,000 plus an unknown number of proofs.

Specification: 21.5 g, .900 fine gold, .618 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-118; KM-234.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [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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