Colombia 1853-B 1/2 real

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 44198
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This specimen was lot 44198 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $204. The catalog description[1] 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.
  • [1]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.

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