Chile 1808/7-So FJ 4 reales
This specimen is one of a series struck 1808-15 in Santiago, Chile, during the reign of Ferdinand VII. The opening of an enlarged Casa de Moneda in 1805 allowed the increase in mintages and this type is not rare. The bust of Charles IV was used throughout the series even tho the bust of Ferdinand VII appears on the 2 reales, 8 reales and 8 escudos. Curiously, this overdate, 1808/7, is anomalous as Charles IV did not yield his throne until 1808 and the event was unexpected.
The Spanish were expelled in 1817. Some colonial types were restruck by the republicans during the early 1820's; but it is unlikely the four reales was included. No republican four reales is known to exist.
Recorded mintage: 25,000 (including KM 60 under Charles IV).
Specification: 13.54 g, .896 fine silver, .390 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 67.
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