Chile 1813-So FJ 2 reales
This specimen is one of a series struck 1812-17 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. The bust of Ferdinand VII appears on the 2 reales, 8 reales and 8 escudos. A variety with an inverted mintmark is noted for the date.
This specimen shows a conical depression in the center of the bust. This has been seen on other silver coins of the period and may be an attempt to drill some silver from the coin.
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: 136,000.
Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .195 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 79.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.