Colombia 1853-P 10 pesos

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Eliasberg lot 1612
Colombia 1853P 10 pesos rev Eliasberg 1612.jpg
This specimen was lot 1612 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1,725. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1853 10 pesos. Popayán mint. MS-62 (NGC). Types as above. Highly lustrous yellow gold with deeper orange toning highlights at the rims. Small planchet lamination at Liberty's truncation. A choice Uncirculated example of this challenging type. This interesting type shows no denomination, like the 16 pesos of 1848 to 1853. From Stack's sale of the Col. James W. Flanagan Collection, March 1944, Lot 499."
In 1853, the Republic of Nueva Granada abandoned the non-decimal 16 pesos denomination in favor of this ten pesos type, struck at Bogotá and Popayán 1853-57. It is not as rare as the 16 pesos of 1848-53 but it is not common. A slightly refined bust of Liberty (KM 122) was used 1857-58.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 16.4 g, .900 fine gold, .474 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 16.38 grams, 26.90 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 116.2, Fr-80.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.

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