Colombia 1853-B 1/2 decimo

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 NYINC sale, part of lot 42616
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This specimen was part of lot 42616 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), which sold for $144. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. Lot of (4) 1/2 Reales, 1/2 Decimo, Decimo & 5 Decimos. ...A diverse quartet of mid-19th century small silver, all graded by PCGS. ...1853 1/2 Decimo, EF-40, Bogota or Papayan, Restrepo-181.1; ...From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This type is recorded for 1853-58 from Bogotá only and is supposedly common. It superseded the old ½ real and represents the definite decimalization of the coinage.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.25 g, .900 fine silver, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 114.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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