Chile 1854-So 50 centavos
This specimen was lot 1388 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $393.25. The catalog description noted, "CHILE, Republic. 1818-present. AR 50 Centavos. Santiago mint. Dated 1854 So. In NGC encapsulation graded AU 58. Choice about uncirculated with fully lustrous surfaces. Coin is softly struck on breast and is pretty much as struck, possibly uncirculated. Purchased from Freeman Craig, May 1979." This fifty centavo piece was minted in Santiago, Chile, in 1853-62. An upright condor was adopted for 1862-67 (KM 134) with a lower relief used for 1867-72 (KM 139). This condor with outspread wings also appeared on half decimos and decimos and twenty centavos coins of the 1850's. The low relief contributed to a rather drab design which wore down rapidly in circulation.
Recorded mintage: 551,000.
Specifications: 12.5 g, .900 fine silver, 30 mm diameter, this specimen Ø30 mm, 12.47 g, 6h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 128.
- 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.