Santa Marta 1813 1/4 real

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Heritage sale 378, lot 12972
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions

The years 1811-1819 were the first years of liberation during the struggle for independence from 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 Stanta Marta.

Shown is a copper 1813 1/4 real issued in Santa Marta as emergency or seige coinage during the years the Royalists resisted invasion by Republican forces. It was part of lot 12972 and sold on June 3, 2005 for $517 at the 2005 (HWCA) Long Beach Signature Auction #378. The catalog description reads: "Copper Siege Types, Santa Marta KM-C2 1/4 Real 1813, choice VF+ with full bold details, very scarce, and KM-B4 1/4 Real 1820, choice VF+, very attractive, plus Cartagena KM-D2 1/2 Real 1812, crude VF, and KM-D1 2 Reales ND (1811), crude VF+. All of the coins in this lot are well above average and are very attractive for this turbulent period in Colombian history. Sold as is, no return lot."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: KM C2.


  • 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.

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