Colombia 1884-B 5 centavos
This specimen is one of a type struck 1875-85 at the Bogota mint. It is about the size of a half dime and the last five centavos struck in silver. This coin is listed very cheaply in the SCWC but, like many minors from Colombia, does not turn up that often. There is a similar design (KM 174a.2) from Medellin but it is extremely rare.
The country adopted its current name, "Republica de Colombia," in 1886. Five centavos coins from the later period are all base metal.
Recorded mintage: 220,000.
Specification: 1.25 g, .666 fine silver, .026 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 174a.1.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.
- Almanzar, Alcedo, and Dale Seppa, Coins of Colombia, San Antonio, TX: 1973.