Chile 1810-So FJ 2 reales
This specimen is one of a series struck 1810-11 in Santiago, Chile, during the reign of Ferdinand VII. The opening of an enlarged Casa de Moneda in 1805 allowed the increase in mintages but this type is scarce tho not so expensive as the 1810 eight reales. The imaginary bust of Ferdinand VII appears on the 2 reales, 8 reales and 8 escudos. A variety with an "A" substituted for the "V" in "VII" is noted for the date. The Spanish were expelled in 1817 but the first republican 2 reales did not appear until 1834. Some colonial types were restruck by the republicans during the early 1820's; it is not known if this denomination was included.
Recorded mintage: 45,000.
Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-15409, KM 74.
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