Chile 1861-So 20 centavos

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 22391
Chile 1861 20 centavos rev Heritage 3010-22391.jpg

This specimen was part of lot 22391 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), which sold for $322. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic Lot of Five Scarce Minors, ...20 Centavos 1861, VF-XF.... The last three coins show evidence of being cleaned." This twenty centavo piece was minted in Santiago, Chile, in 1860-62. A slightly heavier coin (KM 125, 5 g) was issued 1852-59 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. Overdates (1861/91, 1861/58 and 1861/51) are reported.

Recorded mintage: 1,471,000.

Specification: 4.6 g, .900 fine silver, 23 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 125a.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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