Colombia 1869-P 5 decimos

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Heritage sale 410, lot 16711
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 16711 in the Whittier sale (Heritage auction 410, Long Beach, June 2006) where it sold for $10,350. This specimen realized the highest price of any Colombian half dollar in the sale. The catalog description noted[1], "Republic 5 Decimos 1869 Popayán, Fine 12 NGC, lightly toned and quite well-struck for this early Popayán coinage. Extremely rare date with about five known examples, this being the second finest. BC-6 (Davis Burnett, Half Dollars of Colombia.)" While Colombian half dollars are common as a class, even in uncirculated, this is a very rare date, labeled "1 known" in the SCWC. Popayán struck five decimos 1869-74 and 1878; none are common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 153.6.


  • 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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