Colombia 1853-B 1/2 real
This specimen was lot 44198 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $204. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 1/2 Real, 1853. Bogota Mint. Unc Detail--Cleaned (PCGS). Bold strike with mark free fields. Lightly retoned. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This type is recorded for 1850-53 from Bogotá only and is supposedly common. It represents the first attempt at decimalization, wherein ten reales = one peso instead of the former eight. In 1853, the coin was renamed the medio décimo and reduced in weight to 1.25 g.
Recorded mintage: unknown but the most available date.
Specification: 1.4 g, .900 fine silver, plain edge.
Catalog reference: KM-110; Restrepo-179.5.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.