Silver Coins of Colombia

Colombia had a lot of variety in their silver coinage.

click on the pix for version which shows obverse & reverse


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Colombia, Cudinamarca, 8 reales, 1820
extremely fine
(Sedwick Auction #15, May 2nd, 2014 lot# 1259)
These coins are among the most historical pieces of early Colombian Republican history. Cudinamarca 8 Reales dated from 1819 were supposedly struck in .600 (or .666?) fine silver. Issues from 1820 were made with a mint mark & a non mint mark variety. For those issues with mint mark, the silver content supposedly declined to .300 fine.

Pieces dated 1821 were supposedly struck from 1821 to 1828. However my personal recollection is that pieces dated 1820 are among the most common so this would argue for this date being also widely issued. This piece is similar to the rarer types with the legend "New Granada" reverse. No mark of fineness is present and due to the low fineness, they were not suitable for export specie. and these pieces apparently circulated extensively in South America. High grade specimens are scarce and are very seldom seen overstruck by the 960 reis, although some privately made overstrikes may exist?
Cudinamarca was the largest of the 3 Departments of Gran Colombia at this time. It had existed as a free & independent State since Independence from Spain in 1810 until Bolivar dictated that it join the United Provinces in 1814. In 1815 a large Spanish Force restored it to Spanish Colonial rule. In 1820 it became free again. Coins were made throughout this period by various Spanish Colonial and Rebel forces.

Colombia, 8 reales, 1846
nice uncirculated
(M.L. Teller, New York)
8 reales shield type

This piece has the Spanish Colonial edge design: eg a series of boxes or rectangles

Colombia underwent many name changes and changes in territory. At the time this coin was issued it was Gran Colombia which broke up in 1830 forming New Granada (Colombia), Ecuador, & Venezuela.

10 Reales, 1847
nice uncirculated
(Heritage Auction, The Whittier collection, 2006)
I can't believe they changed that nice design less than a year later!

This coin was slabbed only at the 61 level due to the weak reverse strike.

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2 Reales, 1849 Bogota
choice uncirculated
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Here is the 2 reales of the same design.

This cost me all of $79 or maybe it was $149? I can't really recall which but I was happy to get it.
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Republic: 1 Peso, 1869 Medallin mint
AU or uncirculated
(Sedwick Auction, 2011)

Since the gold price went up, I'm having very little luck in getting ANY new gold coins. Thus I went for these silver Pesos instead.


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Republic: 1 Peso, 1871 Bogota mint
choice uncirculated
(Sedwick Auction, 2011)




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Republic: 5 decimes, 1879/4
uncirculated
(Heritage Auction, The Whittier collection, 2006)




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Republic: 50 Centimes, 1883
uncirculated
 




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