Colombia 1772-NR VJ 2 reales

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Sedwick sale 11, lot 983
Áureo y Calicó sale 347, lot 270
The first specimen shown was lot 983 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it sold for $2,185. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Bogotá, Colombia, bust 2 reales, Charles III, 1772VJ, rare. Attractively toned VF, well struck, good rims, just very slightly bent. This is the main variety with N•R (mintmark) and V•J (assayer). For comparison, a similar specimen sold in our Auction #8 for $2,400 + buyer's fee (lot 1818). Jorge Ortiz Murias collection of Colombian colonial minors."
The second specimen was lot 270 in Áureo y Calicó sale 347 (Barcelona, March 2020), where it sold for €4,600 (about US$6,071 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"1772. Carlos III. Santa Fe de Nuevo Reino. VJ. 2 reales. Bella. Preciosa pátina. Muy rara así. EBC. (kingdom of Spain, Charles III, two reales of 1772, Nuevo Reino mint. Handsome, nice toning, very rare thus, extremely fine.)"
The SCWC lists five dates for Nuevo Reino between 1772-84, all rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .194 troy oz ASW, the first specimen 6.5 grams, the second specimen 6,31 g.

Catalog reference: AC. 742 (plate coin), Cayón-11537, KM-47; Restrepo-42.2; CT-1410.

Sources:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.
  • Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • [2]Sisó, Teresa, Eduard Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Publica 347: Seleccion de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Áureo y Calicó, 2020.

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