Chile 1855-So 20 centavos
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. This specimen is the overdate, 1855/4.
Recorded mintage: 325,000.
Specification: 5 g, .900 fine silver, .072 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 125.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.