Chile 1855 decimo
This silver decimo or ten centavo piece was minted in Santiago, Chile, in 1852-60. A slightly lighter coin (2.3 g) was issued 1860-62 with the same condor design. Later, more common decimos (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 twenty and fifty centavos coins of the 1850's. The low relief contributed to a rather drab design which wore down rapidly in circulation. The reverse shows prominent raised lumps on the rim which appear to be rim bumps but are actually die cuds.
Recorded mintage: 585,000.
Specification: 2.5 g, .900 fine silver, .072 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 124.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.