Colombia 1880-P 50 centavos

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Heritage sale 410, lot 16720
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 16720 in the Whittier sale (Heritage auction 410, Long Beach, June 2006) where it sold for $8,050. This specimen realized the third highest price of any Colombian half dollar in the sale. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Republic 50 Centavos 1880 Popayán, MS63 NGC, an impossibly choice example of this rare one-year type with meticulously sharp details on both sides, appealing soft gray-gold patina and full underlying mint luster. Before this coin came to light, collectors of Colombia halves could not even dare to imagine that such an incredible coin could exist. Certainly one of the most exciting offerings in the entire Whittier Collection"
While Colombian half dollars are common as a class, even in uncirculated, this is a very rare date. This is the only date Popayán struck fifty centavos; Popayán five decimos are listed for 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 177.2.


  • 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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