Chile 1853-So 20 centavos
This specimen was lot 1380 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $157.30. The catalog description noted, "CHILE, Republic. 1818-present. AR 20 Centavos. Santiago mint. Dated 1853 So. In NGC encapsulation graded AU 58. Choice light gray patina and choice AU. Highest graded for the date." This twenty centavo piece was minted in Santiago, Chile, in 1852-59. A slightly lighter coin (KM 125a, 4.6 g) was issued 1860-62 with the same condor design. Later, more common twenty centavos (KM 135 and KM 138, minted 1864-94) used the perched condor design also seen on the one peso. This condor with outspread wings also appeared on half decimos and decimos and fifty centavos coins of the 1850's. The low relief contributed to a rather drab design which wore down rapidly in circulation.
Recorded mintage: 906,000.
Specifications: 5 g, .900 fine silver, .072 troy oz ASW, this specimen Ø22 mm, 5.00 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 124.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.