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Article: Colombian emeralds in the Numismatics the World of Coins


Colombian emeralds in the Numismatics the World of Coins

Numismatics, the study and collection of coins and coin-related objects is a fascinating field that reveals the historical, cultural and artistic links of civilizations over time.

Among the numerous gems and minerals that have left their mark on numismatics, emeralds stand out as exceptional precious stones that have adorned coins with their unique and dazzling beauty.

On this journey through numismatic history, we will explore how emeralds have been used in coins, stamps and medals, and how they have influenced the design and value of these collectible pieces.

What is numismatics

Numismatic is the science that takes care of the study and collection of coins, paper coins and other objects related to money, such as medals and chips. The numismatics, people who dedicate themselves to this study, investigate history, art and economics through coins and other numismatic objects. The word "numismatic" comes from Latin "numisma," which means "currency" or "medal."

Emeralds in Antiquity

In ancient times, emeralds were highly valued and considered symbols of wealth and power. Greek and Roman civilizations used emeralds to make stamps and jewelry. However, the inclusion of emeralds in currencies was a rarer practice and was reserved for the most prestigious and ceremonial issues.

Emeralds in the Middle Ages

During the Middle Ages, especially in the Islamic world and in some parts of Europe, emeralds began to appear on real coins and stamps. These coins served not only as means of exchange, but also as symbols of the wealth and authority of the rulers who issued them. The emeralds, with their distinctive green color, were often incorporated into the royal seals as a sign of protection and real status.

The Age of Discoveries and Colonies

With European expansion to America and other parts of the world during the 15th and 16th centuries, emeralds became objects of fascination for explorers and collectors. The colonies in South America, including Colombia, were significant sources of high-quality emeralds. Some European rulers ordered the coins with emeralds of these colonies, creating unique numismatic pieces that are still preserved in museums and private collections.

Emeralds in Modern Coins:

In modern times, especially in the 20th and 21st centuries, emeralds have appeared in commemorative coins and limited editions issued by several countries. These coins, often made of precious metals such as gold and silver, include inlays of high-quality emeralds. These numismatic pieces not only have intrinsic value because of their precious metal content, but also represent a fusion of art, history and mineralogy.


Coins incorporating emeralds have a significant value in the numismatic market and among collectors. The value of these parts is determined not only by the content of precious metals, but also by the quality, size and rarity of emeralds. Well-preserved coins with high-quality emeralds are highly appreciated and can reach high prices at auctions and private sales.

Paula A. Bonilla 

Social communicator and journalist from Sergio Arboleda University in Colombia. She is also a jeweler and is passionate about constantly learning about precious gems and national high jewelry.

Currently, she is working for one of Bogotá's most important jewelry stores, Emerald by Love. This jewelry store has over 40 years of experience and has 2 physical branches in the capital city of Colombia, located in the city center.

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