Colombia 1885-M 10 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Colombia 1885M 10 centavos rev DSLR.jpg
from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 44414
photo courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC

This specimen is one of a type struck 1885-86 at the Bogotá mint. It is about the size of a dime. This coin is listed very cheaply in the SCWC but, like many minors from Colombia, does not turn up that often, especially in nice condition. Note the bold 1884/3 overdate (about the only thing bold on the coin). There is a similar design (KM 175.1) from Bogotá than is much more common. The second specimen was lot 44414 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $50. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 10 Centavos, 1885. Medellin Mint. AU-53 (PCGS). Interesting type with 0.500/0.835 fineness boldly overstruck in legend. Some strike weakness in centers but nicely toned. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins."

The country adopted its current name, "Republica de Colombia," in 1886. Ten centavos coins from the 1890's (KM 188) are .666 fine silver.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.50 g, .835 or .500 fine silver, .067 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 175.2 (.835 fine) or KM-175.2a; Restrepo-276.1 (.500 fine).


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Almanzar, Alcedo, and Dale Seppa, Coins of Colombia, San Antonio, TX: 1973.
  • 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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