Colombia 1869-M 5 decimos

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Heritage sale 410, lot 16721
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 16721 in the Whittier sale (Heritage auction 410, Long Beach, June 2006) where it sold for $5,175. This specimen is mentioned in the SCWC. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 5 Decimos 1869 Medellin, AU55 NGC, boldly struck design details and considerable original mint luster make this example the finest known for the date. A truly remarkable coin for this mint and era. BC14." While Colombian half dollars are common as a class, even in uncirculated, this is a very rare date. Medellin struck 5 decimos 1868-85 but the common dates of the 1880's use a substantially different bust of Liberty (KM 161.1).

Recorded mintage: 1,054.

Specification: 12.5 g, .835 fine silver, .335 troy oz ASW, edge lettered DIOS LEY LIBERTAD.

Catalog reference: KM 153.2.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.

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