Colombia 1912 50 centavos
This fifty centavos was struck in Bogotá, Colombia, of a type issued 1912-33. This type, with the portrait of hero Simon Bolivar, superseded the liberty head type last struck in 1908. The date is common but this specimen, from the Whittier sale, is a very rare proof. To the delight and despair of collectors, the half dollars of Colombia come in a profusion of dates, styles, varieties and errors and form a collecting specialty all their own.
Recorded mintage: 1,207,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 12.5 g, .900 fine silver, .361 troy oz ASW, edge lettered DIOS LEI LIBERTAD.
Catalog reference: KM 193.1.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th 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.