Chile 1812-So FJ real
This specimen is one of a series struck 1808-17 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. An 1812/1 overdate is recorded for this year. 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.
The Spanish were expelled in 1817 but the first republican real 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: 43,000.
Specification: 3.38 g, .896 fine silver, .098 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 65.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.