Chile 1842-So IJ 8 escudos

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This specimen was lot 1128 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $1,840. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHILE. Republic. 8 Escudos, 1842 So IJ. Santiago. Liberty standing, hand on Constitution, legends around. Rv. Arms of Republica de Chile, date below, legends around. Bright yellow gold with a rich array of deepening orange toward the rims. No heavy marks are present even under low magnification. Choice for the grade. MS-61 (NGC)." This magnificent, popular and expensive coin comes in two subtypes; this one, with a reeded edge, and KM 104.2, which has the month of issue stamped in the edge. The reeded edge type was struck 1839-43 and the lettered edge type 1843-45.

Recorded mintage: 27,000.

Specification: 27 g, .875 fine gold, .760 troy oz AGW, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 104.1.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.

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