Chile 1870 1/2 decimo
This silver half decimo piece was minted in Santiago, Chile, in 1867-81. An 1870/69 overdate is noted for the year. A later type using the same design but .500 fine (KM 137.3) was issued 1879-94. It featured the same upright condor design also used on the decimo, twenty centavos and fifty centavos and peso. The half decimo contained .036 troy oz of silver in 1851-59; by 1874 this had been reduced to .033 troy oz. The decline did not stop with this type; the coin shrank until it was converted to copper-nickel in 1920. Most dates are common tho nice specimens do not turn up as often as the low catalog value would lead one to think.
Recorded mintage: 540,000.
Specification: 1.25 g, .835 fine silver, .033 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 137.2.
- Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.