Chile 1893-So 20 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This twenty centavo piece was minted in Santiago, Chile, in 1879-82 and 1893. This design also appeared on silver half decimos, decimos, fifty centavos and pesos of the period. This specimen is the overdate, 1880/79. This was introduced in 1863 as a 4.6 gram, .900 fine coin, then 5 grams, .835 fine in 1867, then this subtype in 1879, then 4 grams, .500 fine in 1890, then back to 5 grams, .500 fine in 1891 wwith a small issue of coins at 4.6 grams, .200 fine.

Recorded mintage: 1,397,000.

Specification: 5 g, .500 fine silver, .080 troy oz ASW, 20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 138.2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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