Colombia 1912-H peso p/m
This specimen was part of lot 44468 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), which sold for $192. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. A quartet of “papel moneda” issues from the early 20th century, all graded by PCGS. 1907-AM Peso. AU-53; 1907-AM 2 Pesos. EF-45; 1907-AM 5 Pesos. MS-62; 1912-H Peso. MS-63. (Total: 4 pieces). From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This copper-nickel peso "papel moneda" was struck for Colombia 1907-16. These coins were issued to retire paper money printed during the civil war of 1899-1903, hence the "p/m" marked on the reverse. (The chaos of that civil war enabled the United States to engineer Panamanian independence.) They later circulated equal to the copper-nickel one centavo of 1918-48 (KM 275). They are today very scarce in nice condition. This and a 1912-H five pesos are the only ones with an "H" mintmark.
Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.
Specification: 2 g, copper-nickel, 17 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM A279.
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- 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.
- 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