Chile 1866-So 20 centavos
This specimen was lot 968 in Sedwick sale 25 (Winter Park, FL, May 2018), where it sold for $505.75. The catalog description noted, "Santiago, Chile, 20 centavos, 1866/4, NGC MS 63, finest and only example in NGC census. Attractive rainbow toning over muted luster, no marks or wear but eagle's breast typically slightly weak. NGC #4715687-007." This twenty centavo piece was minted in Santiago, Chile, in 1863-67. A slightly heavier coin (KM 125, 5 g) was issued 1852-59 with the soaring condor design. Later, more common twenty centavos (KM 138, minted 1867-94) used the perched condor design also seen on the one peso. This condor also appeared on half decimos and decimos and fifty centavos coins of the 1860's. The high relief led to weak strikes on the condor's body and the relief was lowered in 1867. The SCWC awards no premium to the overdate but this specimen realized six times the catalog value.
Recorded mintage: 4,298,000.
Specification: 4.6 g, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-135.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 25, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2019.