Chile 1853-So peso
This specimen was one of a series struck 1853-62 in Santiago, Chile. It is the first peso struck in Chile to the metric standard. The silver minors, such as the decimo, featured a different condor with outstretched wings. This type is much scarcer than the mintage would indicate and usually sells for a premium over the catalog value. Nice, original specimens are very rare. In compensation, the succeeding type with the upright condor (KM 142.1), struck 1867-91, is very common.
Recorded mintage: 394,000.
Catalog reference: KM 129.
Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .7234 troy oz ASW.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.