Chile 1810-So FJ 8 reales

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Goldberg sale 46, lot 994
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 994 in Goldberg sale 46 (Beverly Hills, May 2008), where it sold for $6,500. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Chile. 8 Reales, 1809 So-F.J (Santiago). Ferdinand VII, 1808-1833. Large uniformed imaginary bust of Ferdinand right, wearing Order of Golden Fleece. Reverse: Crowned Bourbon arms, flanked by bannered pillars. Boldly struck, with vitually complete details. Lustrous to velvety devices on reflective fields, under medium gray or, on the reverse, iridescent toning. Some very faint handling marks to portrait, otherwise a superb example. One of the finest known. NGC graded MS-63. This type, known as the imaginary bust, was produced in both gold and silver, but only at the Santiago mint. A very important type coin. Interestingly enough, the silver coin is far rarer than its gold counterpart."
This imaginary bust of Ferdinand VII was used at Santiago 1808-09 only. A modified version, with the king wearing a laurel wreath, was used 1810-11. It, in turn, was superseded by the standard bust 1812-17.

Recorded mintage: 126,000.

Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW; the first specimen: 27.04 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón-15825, Eliz-65; Wr-6; KM 68.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 46: the Millenia Collection, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2008.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.

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