Popayan 1813 2 reales
Spain. The first republican coinage was issued during this period of 'La Patria Boba', except for the interval 1817-1818, when Royalists took brief control. The royalists also produced coinage from areas which were under their control longer, such as Santa Marta and Popayán. This specimen is a copper 1813 eight reales issued in Popayán as Royalist provisional coinage. It is the unusual case of a crown being issued in copper, indicating the difficult conditions experienced by the city in this phase of the war. Copper half, two and eight reales were issued. The specimen shown was lot 1066 in Aureo sale 242 (Barcelona, March 2012), where it sold for 250 euro (about US$388 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted,
"Fernando VII (1808-1833). 1813. Popayán. 2 reales. CU. Leves sombras. Rara. EBC. (Ferdinand VII (1808-33), Popayán two reales of 1813, copper, light stains, rare, extremely fine.)"The royalists were finally expelled from Colombia in 1819 and republican issues, interrupted in 1816, resume the same year.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-B2; Cal. 984.
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