Chile 1811-So FJ 2 reales
This specimen was lot 31234 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $258.50. The catalog description noted, "Ferdinand VII 2 Reales 1811 So-FJ, VF30 NGC. Imaginary military bust. A nice original piece with attractive toning. Scarce two-year type with this bust style." 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 1811 eight reales. The imaginary bust of Ferdinand VII appears on the two reales, eight reales and eight escudos. The Spanish were expelled in 1817 but the first republican two 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: 27,000.
Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-15409, KM 74.
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