Chile 1867-So 1 peso

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photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This coin was lot 9250 in Ponterio sale 150 (Los Angeles, August 2009), where it sold for $1,380. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHILE. Peso, 1867. '1' for denomination. RARE one-year type. Soft strike as usual. VERY FINE." A refined version of this design, with "UN PESO" as the denomination, was struck in large numbers 1867-91. This version is priced about one hundred times the value of the later type. This condor also appears on twenty and fifty centavos of 1862-67 (KM 135, KM 134) and is almost always weakly struck.

Recorded mintage: 220,000 (including KM 142.1).

Specification: 25 g, .900 fine silver, .723 troy oz ASW, reeded edge, 37 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 141, El-113.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 150: The 2009 Los Angeles ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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