Colombia 1821 1/4 real

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Heritage sale 410, lot 16613
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 16613 in the Whittier sale (Heritage auction 410, Long Beach, June 2006) where it sold for $6,325. The catalog description[1] noted, "Nueva Granada 1/4 Real 1821, MS63 NGC, very rare type without the Ba mintmark, sharply detailed with choice gray patina over full mint bloom, the reverse displays two light planchet laminations. Extremely rare quality and believed to be the finest known." Colonial quarter reales of the "Lions and castles" type are known from the Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) and Popayán mints for 1796-1819 (KM 63, KM 67). Cundinamarca quarter reales of debased silver are known for 1814-15 (KM F2) and 1820-22 (KM 79, this type). Republican quarter reales (KM 85) are known for 1826-36. None are common, particularly in nice condition; the specimen shown sold for five times the estimate.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 0.70 g, .666 fine silver, .015 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 79.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.

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