Colombia 1851-B 16 pesos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 12178
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This specimen was lot 12178 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,020. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 1851 16 Pesos. Bogotá mint. AU Detail — Ex-Jewelry (PCGS). Even yellow gold with pebbly surfaces consistent with jewelry use. Still quite sharp and very rare, missing from Eliasberg, Sedwick, Geiger, and represented in Norweb by an example with an attempted puncture that still brought $990 20 years ago. Sedwick believed this was the rarest date in the series. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Sotheby's sale of December 1994, lot 43." This type, struck at Bogotá 1848-53, is rare, unlike the earlier 16 pesos (Fr-74) of 1837-49.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 25.81 g, .900 fine gold, .746 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Restrepo M213.4, KM 100, Fr-78.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • 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.

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