Chile 1810-So FJ 4 reales
This specimen was lot 6164 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $493.50. The catalog description noted, "CHILE. 4 Reales, 1810-FJ. NGC AU-55. Nicely struck with attractive fiery sunset toning around the periphery. Soft satin luster and quite attractive. Quite elusive and highly desirable in this high grade. Ex: Ponterio & Associates Sale #129 01/2004, Lot #1598." 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 two reales, eight reales and eight escudos.
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: 10,000.
Specification: 13.54 g, .896 fine silver, .390 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-15666, KM-67.
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- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.