Colombia 1885-M 5 pesos

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photo courtesy Daniel F. Sedwick, LLC
This type was struck at Medellin this year only. It was the last attempt to strike this denomination until the "minero" type of 1913, which was issued on a different weight standard. This type was accompanied by a gold two pesos and ten pesos, both rare. This specimen was lot 350 in Sedwick sale 9 (Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Medellin, Colombia, 5 pesos, 1885/74, encapsulated NGC XF details, reverse spot removed, very rare. A rather nicely detailed XF with a deliberate scrape to the right of PESOS (which NGC somewhat harshly referred to as "spot removed"), this is effectively the easiest denomination (RRR in Sedwick) of the extremely rare three-coin set of 1885-6 (the others being the 1885/74 2 pesos [lot 347] and 1886/74 10 pesos [lot 367]), struck in .666-fine gold (the stated fineness on the coin punched over .900). Surely the patient and advanced collector can locate another specimen; the challenge here is in keeping Frank's three-coin set intact! Bowers & Ruddy 2/77 via Lou Collins 5/77. Dr. Frank Sedwick collection of Colombian Republic gold coins."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 8.06 g, .900 fine gold, .172 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Sedwick-38. Restrepo-330. KM-163.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #9, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2011.

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