Ecuador 1822-P O 2 reales
Colombia but now has been moved to Ecuador. The "P" mintmark, previously attributed to Popayán, is now considered to stand for Pasto in Ecuador, whither the royalists removed after being expelled from Colombia by Bolivar's forces. This is the only coin of Latin American to refer to Ferdinand VII as a constitutional monarch. This coin is considerably scarcer than its catalog value would indicate. The second specimen shown was lot 1081 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $920. The catalog description noted,
"Pasto, Colombia, bust 2 reales, Ferdinand VII (bust of Charles IV), 1822O. Bold but typically crude AVF with nicely toned legends, off-center strike, old scratches on bust, unusually well detailed for this interesting single-date, single-assayer issue from a revolutionary-era Royalist mint, also distinctive as the only New World issue to mention the new Spanish Constitution in the legend. Jorge Ortiz Murias collection of Colombian colonial minors."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, 0.195 oz silver, the second specimen 6.4 grams.
Catalog reference: Restrepo-115.1; CT-973, KM 74 (listed under Colombia).
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.