Chile 1891-So 20 centavos

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1384
CNG Lissner sale, lot 1385

The year 1891 was a monetary crisis for Chile, which resulted in a number of short lived varieties. To add to the confusion, the auction lots depicted here have scrambled descriptions. The first type, KM 138.2a (4.6 g, .500 fine), was struck 1890-91; the second type, KM 138.3 (4.6 g, .200 fine), was struck 1891 only. The third type, KM 138.4 (5 g, .500 fine), was struck 1891-93 and represents the final issue of this design. We present the varieties in one page so that the reader may compare.

The first specimen was lot 1384 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $574.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHILE, Republic. 1818-present. AR 20 Centavos. Santiago mint. Dated 1891 So. Type of 0.2 standard. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 66. Gem faintly toned uncirculated." Its weight is reported as 5.1 g which, if correct, would make it KM 138.4, not KM 138.3.

The second specimen was lot 1385 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $514.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHILE, Republic. 1818-present. AR 20 Centavos. Santiago mint. Dated 1891 So. Dash below “S” in cents. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 66. Gem lightly toned UNC." Its weight is reported as 4.05 g, which, if correct, would make it KM 138.3, not KM 138.2a.

Recorded mintage: 2,953,000 of KM 138.2a plus 787,000 of KM 138.3 plus an unknown number of KM 138.4.

Specification: 4.6 g, .500 or .200 fine silver, 23 mm diameter; lot 1384 is Ø23 mm, 5.10 g, 6h axis; lot 1385 is Ø23 mm, 4.05 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 138.2a; Y 16c (4 g, .500 fine silver), KM 138.3 (4.6 g, .200 fine); KM 138.4 (5 g, .500 fine).

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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