Chile 1817-So FI 1/2 real
This specimen was lot 30601 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description noted, "Ferdinand VII 1/2 Real 1817 So-FI AU55 NGC, Santiago mint. The final year from this series but with the scarcer assayer initials (FI). This argent-gray specimen features the laureate head of Ferdinand VII with crowned arms, surrounded by remnants of luster and fields that are free of any major handling issues, other than a small wisp noted across the King's portrait. The two major Spanish references do not have a listing for this assayer variety, and the most recent (and perhaps only) record we were able to locate was from the Aureo-Calico auction 267 of 2015 (VF condition) that hammered for 1300 Euros. This present offering presents far more detail, and as such should bring a much higher price." 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. The FI assayer was probably an error for the usual FJ.
Recorded mintage: unknown (assayers FJ and FD are scarce, FI is rare).
Specification: 1.69 g, .896 fine silver, .048 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 64, Cal-Unlisted, Cayón-Unlisted.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.