Chile 1813-So FJ 1/2 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 scarce but available. The bust of Ferdinand VII appears on the two reales, eight reales and eight escudos. This specimen is double struck on the obverse.
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: 218,000.
Specification: 1.69 g, .896 fine silver, .048 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 64.
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