1772 Colombia 1/2 Real - Charles III - Super Rare! (Only 10 Known; Silver)

  • Country: Colombia
  • King: Charles III (1759-1788)
  • Type: Standard Circulation Coin
  • Years: 1772-1784
  • Mint: Casa de Moneda de Colombia - Bogota, Colombia (1620-1987)
  • Denomination: 1/2 Real
  • Currency: Colonial Real (1616-1820)
  • Composition: .903 Silver
  • Diameter: 17mm
  • Weight: 1.69g
  • Edge: Smooth
  • Obverse: Bust of Carolus III facing right, with date below and legend around
  • Reverse: Spanish Coat of Arms flanked by crowned pillars with banner, surrounded with legend
  • Reference: KM# 45, Hernández# 66-69
Prior to 1810, the Colombian Mints Popayán and Nuevo Reino (now Bogotá), were prolific issuers of gold but not so much silver. This makes these silver specimens particularly scarce.

1772 is the only date where the denomination isn't written as "R" but as" 1R" with the 1 divided in half with a fraction bar, arguably making it a one-year type. At the time of listing (01/12/2022) only 10 examples are known.

A premium example of this one year type was available in Sedwick Sale 11 lot 1026 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011) where it sold for $10,350.

    *Coin condition is based on our professional opinion. Pictures are representative of the coin that you will receive, actual coin may differ slightly, and serial numbers may vary*