Chile 1842-So IJ 1/2 real

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23541
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23541 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $705. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 1/2 Real 1842-IJ, MS65 PCGS, a choice little coin with exceptionally bold design features and full mint brilliance. Rare and desirable in this superior quality." The specimen shown is one of a type minted in Santiago, Chile, 1838-51. The design, with a condor tearing the chains of slavery, is also found on two reales, one real (KM 94.4) and eight reales coins of the period. This design is very popular with collectors and brings quite a bit more than the rather low catalog values.

Recorded mintage: 27,000.

Specification: 1.60 g, .903 fine silver, 17 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 98.3.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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